Frequent reports of the Philippine Spotted Deer being traded in the northern province of Negros Occidental prompted Negros Forests & Ecological Foundation Inc. (NFEFI) to begin a breeding programme for this species in 1993. Soon after, in 1996, the West Visayas Regional Biodiversity Conservation Centre (BCC) was established in Bacolod City. NFEFI-BCC has since served as a breeding and rescue station for threatened animals found in the Philippines, especially those endemic to Negros Island.
NFEFI-BCC has been successful in its initial objectives of developing structured conservation breeding programmes. But like the other breeding centres, it is working to maintain stocks of threatened Negros endemics for the eventual purpose of reintroducing them to their rehabilitated former habitats. The world’s first captive-bred Visayan Tarictic Hornbill (IUCN ‘Vulnerable’), Philippine Eagle-owl (IUCN ‘Vulnerable’), Negros Sailfin Lizard (IUCN unlisted, but almost certainly ‘Endangered’) and Visayan Leopard Cat (IUCN ‘Vulnerable’) were produced in NFEFI-BCC.
A Regional Conservation Hub
The strategic location of NFEFI-BCC in Bacolod, the most populous city in the West Visayas, has enabled it to serve as a hub for conservation activities in the Greater Negros-Panay Faunal Region, one of the world’s highest conservation priority areas with its exceptional biodiversity, high endemism and also sadly, burgeoning threats. As part of its conservation education campaign, NFEFI-BCC conducts regular guided tours, hosts student interns and volunteers and gives school lectures. The centre also receives good visitorship, therefore playing an important role in generating conservation awareness among school children, local and international tourists.
For donations and enquiries, contact NFEFI at:
Address: NFEFI compound, South Capitol Rd, Bacolod City 6100, Philippines
Phone: +63 (034) 433 9234