We share this ecosphere with a wealth of wildlife, and we have been enamored by its richness and diversity. Important advances in research and development have been fueled by this seemingly endless supply of biological resources. Here are some that I have encountered in this year’s eco-summer.
Locally known as the "Binturong", the Palawan Bearcat, a nocturnal creature looks lazy and cute in its sleeping repose. According to Wikipedia, "the Binturong is an important animal for seed dispersal, especially those of the Strangler Fig, because of its ability to scarify the seed's tough outer covering."
The Palawan WIldlife Rescue and Conservation Center is home to the freshwater crocodiles -- endangered as opposed to saltwater crocodiles that are plentiful and whose population is controlled through leather and "crocodile sisig" production.
A whole flock of talking Mynahs denied us not once, nor twice, but regularly and consistently with their "ayoko"s ringing every now and then. Not to mention the occasional "ayoko" responses of tourists. We tried to teach them "gusto ko" but to no avail.
The canopies are rife with monkeys. We got this up-and-close encounter while waiting for the boat in the Palawan subterranean river national park. This particular specimen seemed to showboat with unmistaking poses for the cameras.
Monitor lizards, commonly known as the Bayawak, are supposedly growing in popularity as a pet and eaten for its supposed aphrodisiac properties. A battle of intimidation between monkies and a monitor ensues in the background.
We went through a tour of one of Palawan's old-growth mangrove forests. This was the closest mangrove snake we saw in the course of the boat trip, asleep as it is nocturnal in nature.
An orange butterfly at the butterfly house. One of the many zen moments in the course of our Palawan tour. Peaceful, just the right amount of color. Honey nectar and flowers everywhere to feed the butterflies.
Starfishes are sparse in numbers but still a happy sight to see around the islands of Honda Bay.
We saw different birds from Palawan to Camarines Sur. Some common in most uncommon situations, others I have never seen before. Help in identifying these creatures, especially this plump brown bird below, would be much appreciated.
I watched this duck happily taking a bath in the puddles formed by light rains in Brgy. Cagsao, Camarines Sur. Around 10 frolicking minutes of it, I think. Then I playfully chased it around for a while. Fun times.
Under the same rain, this family of chickens hide under a kubo. A heart-warming sight in the midst of cold waterdrops (disclaimer: this is not an emo statement, the rain was a welcome cold after the day's biting summer heat).