The Negros Forests and Ecological Foundation (NFEFI) has launched an animal adoption program last Saturday, August 1, 2015, here in Bacolod City, Negros Occidental, Philippines.
The NFEFI, one of the country’s most active non-profit conservation groups, invites individuals, schools, corporations, and clubs to adopt one (or more) of the many threatened animals kept at the Biodiversity Conservation Center (NFEFI-BCC) located in Bacolod City. By doing so, they will be helping to maintain a safe haven for threatened species by providing for their needs.
Mechanics of the NFEFI Animal Adoption Program
For as little as P33 a day or P1,000 per month, adopters can already help save threatened species by providing funds to enable the NFEFI-BCC to continue to provide world-class care of these animals.
In return, all adopters will receive a welcome pack that will contain an adoption certificate as well as an image and fact sheet of the chosen animal. They will also receive quarterly updates about the adoptive animal, get free access to the NFEFI-BCC, receive 20 visitor passes, plus acknowledgments at the BCC and on the group’s website. In addition, adopters can go behind the scenes for a private meet-and-greet with the chosen animal or bird.
Adoptions run for one year. The monthly cost of P1,000 per animal or bird will cover its food, supplements, veterinary care, enrichment, and improvements in the animal’s enclosure.
Animals and birds available for adoption include the Visayan spotted deer, Visayan warty pig, Visayan leopard cat and Large Flying Fox, Visayan tarictic hornbill, Rufous-headed hornbill, Southern rufous hornbill, Negros bleeding-heart pigeon, Luzon bleeding-heart pigeon, buff-eared brown dove, metallic wood pigeon, Philippine cockatoo, pink-bellied imperial pigeon, white-bellied woodpecker, Philippine eagle-owl, Luzon hawk-owl, Philippine hawk-eagle, and the rare Philippine sailfin lizard.
About the NFEFI and NFEFI-BCC
NFEFI is committed to saving threatened endemic species from extinction. The NFEFI-BCC is a breeding center for some of the world’s most threatened species; majority of which are found only in Negros and Panay islands and nowhere else in the world.
The organization has been successful in breeding these species and plan to eventually return the captive-bred individuals into their natural habitat. While sites are still being evaluated and readied for the release of the animals, about 100 of them still call NFEFI-BCC their home. The center is working closely with the Philippines Biodiversity Conservation Foundation Inc., the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, and several other international partners.
The NFEFI-BCC also welcome donations, however small. Every centavo goes to the center’s work of protecting and conserving some of the world’s most vulnerable animals.
For more information, please contact NFEFI-BCC’s curator Dr. Joanne Justo on (034) 433-9234 or visit http://www.negrosforests.org/