What We Do

The Mindoro Biodiversity Conservation Foundation Inc. (MBCFI) is a non-stock, non-profit organization duly registered in the Philippines Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on March 19, 2008, to enable the conservation of the unique and threatened environment, biodiversity and natural resources of Mindoro Island, which is recognized as one of the global biodiversity conservation priority areas, particularly in terms of the number of endemic species, diversity of habitats and degrees of threats. MBCFI conducts various conservation activities through its core programs.

What We Do

The Mindoro Biodiversity Conservation Foundation Inc. (MBCFI) is a non-stock, non-profit organization duly registered in the Philippines Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on March 19, 2008, to enable the conservation of the unique and threatened environment, biodiversity and natural resources of Mindoro Island, which is recognized as one of the global biodiversity conservation priority areas, particularly in terms of the number of endemic species, diversity of habitats and degrees of threats. MBCFI conducts various conservation activities through its core programs.

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RESEARCH

Resources, Environment, Species and Ecological Assessment for Responsible Change

MISSION

Mindoro Island Symbolic Species
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CARE

Conservation
Awareness Raising and Education

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Since its establishment, MBCFI has provided assistance to various institutions and lead essential efforts for the conservation and protection of Mindoro’s wildlife and natural resources. You can contribute to our cause by donating to our foundation or our various programs.

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MBCFI is an NGO working towards conserving the biodiversity of Mindoro Island.

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๐Ÿญ๐Ÿญ ๐—ก๐—˜๐—ช ๐—•๐—œ๐—ฅ๐—— ๐—ฅ๐—˜๐—–๐—ข๐—ฅ๐——๐—ฆ ๐—™๐—ข๐—ฅ ๐—”๐—ฃ๐—ข ๐—ฅ๐—˜๐—˜๐—™ ๐—ก๐—”๐—ง๐—จ๐—ฅ๐—”๐—Ÿ ๐—ฃ๐—”๐—ฅ๐—žโ€‹Since the start of the year, 11 bird species have been recorded for the first time in Apo Reef Natural Park and its adjacent waters. Two of which are accidental visitors with only a few records in the Philippines: the Pomarine Jaeger (๐˜š๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ค๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ถ๐˜ด ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฎ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ถ๐˜ด) and Fairy Pitta (๐˜—๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ต๐˜ข ๐˜ฏ๐˜บ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฉ๐˜ข). The former has 20 records in the Philippines to date while the latter only has three.โ€‹Nine of the 11 bird species (including the Fairy Pitta) were documented by Park Rangers Michael Dagdag, Temart Rebito, and Kelvin Zubiri during their regular foot patrols in Apo Island. The other two, the Pomarine Jaeger and Spotted Imperial Pigeon (๐˜‹๐˜ถ๐˜ค๐˜ถ๐˜ญ๐˜ข ๐˜ค๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ฐ๐˜ญ๐˜ข), were spotted by volunteer birders during the bird surveys in January and July. โ€‹Bird monitoring in Apo Reef Natural Park is an initiative of the Protected Area Management Office with Mindoro Biodiversity Conservation Foundation, Inc. This year, we were joined in this endeavor by Biofin Philippines and five volunteer birders: Cheta Chua, Forest Jarvis, Jasmin Meren, Ronet Santos, and Pete Simpson. Also, Bob Natural and Desmond Allen aided in the identification of the birds documented by Park Rangers. We are inviting you all to follow our page for birding volunteer opportunities in Apo Reef Natural Park!--โ€‹Attribution:โ€‹The original photos of the Pomarine Jaeger and Spotted Imperial Pigeon modified for this material are owned by Forest Jarvis and Pete Simpson, respectively. โ€‹โ€œSummer Visitor in Taiwanโ€, by Alnus, licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0, and โ€œThe White Breasted Waterhenโ€ by Antony Grossy, licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0 were also modified and included in the material. ... See MoreSee Less
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๐Ÿšš | แด›สœแด€ษดแด‹ สแดแดœ ๊œฐแดส€ สแดแดœส€ แด˜แดœส€แด„สœแด€๊œฑแด‡! Lubos kaming nagpapasalamat sa lahat ng nakilahok sa aming ๐—ฆ๐˜†๐—บ๐—ฝ๐—ผ๐˜€๐—ถ๐—ฎ at ๐—•๐—น๐—ผ๐—ฐ๐—ธ๐—ฏ๐˜‚๐˜€๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐—ค๐˜‚๐—ถ๐˜‡ ๐—–๐—ผ๐—ป๐˜๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜, at nakadalo sa hinanda naming ๐—ฝ๐—ฎ๐—ฝ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐—บ๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ฒ๐˜…๐—ต๐—ถ๐—ฏ๐—ถ๐˜ para sa ๐—ญ๐—ผ๐—ผ๐—น๐—ผ๐—ด๐˜† ๐—ช๐—ฒ๐—ฒ๐—ธ ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฌ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฎ! Nawa'y magamit natin ang kamulatan sa peligro ng illegal wildlife trade upang tulungang makaalpas ang mga katangi-tanging endemic species na kadalasang biktima rito. Tuloy nating dalhin at isabuhay ang mga araling ito bilang parte ng susunod na henerasyon ๐Ÿ‘ฅPatuloy ang laban upang buwagin ang pangkapaligirang krimen! ๐Ÿฆโ›“๏ธ#OZOOMS1978 #ZoologyWeekCo-presented by:Aunt Flo Beauty FILI Moon & Oak Mindoro Biodiversity Bokashi Pinoy Composting UP Mining, Metallurgical and Materials Engineering Association, Inc. Powered by:Outbox Labs In partnership with:Back to Basics Ecostore Special thanks to:Forest Foundation Philippines Mangrove Matters PH Philippine Eagle Foundation PUP Society of Biology Students Red Cross Youth of UPLB UP Ecology and Systematics Major Students Society UPLB Human and Family Development Society Baked Cookies by Sophie ... See MoreSee Less
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Happy birthday Tan! Hope your day is filled with happiness and love! ๐Ÿฅณ๐ŸŽ‚๐ŸปFrom your MBCFI family ๐Ÿ’š ... See MoreSee Less
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Mindoro Biodiversity
๐˜—๐˜ช๐˜จ๐˜ต๐˜ข๐˜ด๐˜ช๐˜ฏ ๐˜ฏ๐˜ข ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ฏ๐˜ข๐˜ฌ๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ญ๐˜ถ๐˜ฃ๐˜ช๐˜ฅ ๐˜ข๐˜ต ๐˜ญ๐˜ถ๐˜ฎ๐˜ข๐˜บ๐˜ข๐˜จ ๐˜ด๐˜ข ๐˜ฎ๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ข๐˜ธ๐˜ข๐˜ฌ ๐˜ฅ๐˜ข๐˜ช๐˜จ๐˜ฅ๐˜ช๐˜จ. โ›ต๐ŸฆŽSa pagtatapos ng ating ๐™๐จ๐จ๐ฅ๐จ๐ ๐ฒ ๐–๐ž๐ž๐ค ๐„๐ฑ๐ก๐ข๐›๐ข๐ญ sa taong ito, aming ipinakikilala sa inyo ang katangi-tanging ๐๐ก๐ข๐ฅ๐ข๐ฉ๐ฉ๐ข๐ง๐ž ๐’๐š๐ข๐ฅ๐Ÿ๐ข๐ง ๐‹๐ข๐ณ๐š๐ซ๐!Ang ๐‡๐ฒ๐๐ซ๐จ๐ฌ๐š๐ฎ๐ซ๐ฎ๐ฌ ๐ฉ๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ญ๐ฎ๐ฅ๐š๐ญ๐ฎ๐ฌ (Reptilia: Squamata: Agamidae), o ๐๐ก๐ข๐ฅ๐ข๐ฉ๐ฉ๐ข๐ง๐ž ๐ฌ๐š๐ข๐ฅ๐Ÿ๐ข๐ง ๐ฅ๐ข๐ณ๐š๐ซ๐, ay isang endemic reptile na matatagpuan sa lahat ng mga isla ng Pilipinas, bukod sa Palawan (Siler, et al., 2012). Ito ay isang semi-aquatic omnivorous species na pangkaraniwang naninirahan sa mga halamanan ng baybay-dagat ng lowland tropical moist forest at maging sa mga lupang sakahan (Ledesma et al., 2009). Ayon pagsusuri nina Ledesma et al. (2009), ang mga populasyon ng mga ito ay naitala sa mga isla ng Luzon, Polilllo, Mindoro, Negros, Cebu, Guimaras, Panay, Masbate, Tablas, Romblon, Sibuyan, at Catanduanes. Subalit, mahalagang tandaan na ang eksaktong distribusyon ng species ay hindi pa rin malinaw hanggang ngayon, ayon sa mga mananaliksik. Dulot ito ng isyu sa pagkakakilanlan ๐๐ก๐ข๐ฅ๐ข๐ฉ๐ฉ๐ข๐ง๐ž ๐ฌ๐š๐ข๐ฅ๐Ÿ๐ข๐ง ๐ฅ๐ข๐ณ๐š๐ซ๐ mula sa ibang species ng sailfin lizard sa bansa, tulad ng ๐˜. ๐˜ข๐˜ฎ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฐ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ด๐˜ช๐˜ด. Kaya naman, karagdagang pag-aaral pa sa kanilang taxonomy ang kinakailangan. Bukod pa rito, mayroon ding mga naitalang populasyon sa New Guinea at ilang bahagi ng silangang Indonesia, dagdag pa nina Ledesma et al. (2019).Ang species ng sailfin lizard na ito ay pangkarinawang tinatawag na crested lizard, sail-fin lizard, sailfin water lizard, at soa-soa water lizard sa wikang Ingles (Ledesma et al., 2009), at ibid naman sa wikang lokal (Mascariรฑas, 2018). Ito ay dahil sa dorsal crest o sailfin, na mistulang layag, na matatagpuan sa unang bahagi ng kanilang buntot na umaabot hanggang sa ibabang bahagi ng kanilang likod. Ang katangi-tanging parteng ito ay may sukat na 6 - 7cm na ginagamit sa paglangoy, pagtatanggol sa kanilang teritoryo, at pagregula ng kanilang temperatura sa katawan (Faulkner, n.d.). Isa pang hindi pangkaraniwang katangian ng species na ito ay ang kakayahan ng mga juveniles na tumakbo sa ibabaw ng tubig dahil sa kanilang magaan na timbang at flattened toes (Bauer, 2008). Ang mga adult na ๐๐ก๐ข๐ฅ๐ข๐ฉ๐ฉ๐ข๐ง๐ž ๐ฌ๐š๐ข๐ฅ๐Ÿ๐ข๐ง ๐ฅ๐ข๐ณ๐š๐ซ๐ ay may kalimitang haba na 60.96 - 91.44cm, datapwat ang mga lalaki ay umaabot naman ng 91.44 โ€“ 121.92cm (Louisville Zoo, 2014). Pagdating naman sa timbang, ang mga ito ay may bigat na 0.91 โ€“ 2.27kg (Corning, 2011). Ang mga oviparous reptile na ito ay nagpaparami isang beses sa isang taon, na kung saan ang bawat clutch ay mayroong 2 - 8 itlog. Ibinabaon nila ang mga ito sa mababaw na hukay sa mga bahaing lupa hanggang ang mga ito ay mapisa makaraan ng 2 buwan (Faulkner, n.d.).Sa kasamaang palad, ang populasyon ng ๐๐ก๐ข๐ฅ๐ข๐ฉ๐ฉ๐ข๐ง๐ž ๐ฌ๐š๐ข๐ฅ๐Ÿ๐ข๐ง ๐ฅ๐ข๐ณ๐š๐ซ๐ ay nanganganib dulot ng pagkasira ng kanilang tirahan dulot ng agrikultura at pagtotroso, pangangaso para gawing pagkain, at panghuhuli upang gawing exotic pet (Ledesma et al., 2009). Sa mga kadahilanang ito, ang species ay kinategoryang Vulnerable (VU) ng IUCN Red List dahil sa patuloy na pagbaba ng kanilang bilang (Ledesma et al., 2009), at Other Threatened Species (OTS) naman sa Philippine Red List of threatened wild fauna sanhi ng overcollection (BMB-DENR, 2020). Kaya naman, mahigpit na ipinagbabawal ang pangongolekta at pangangalakal sa mga ito, maliban na lamang kung may permiso na galing sa DENR, alinsunod sa Republic Act No. 9147 o โ€œWildlife Actโ€ (Heinrich et al., 2021). Gayunpaman, hindi ito naging hadlang upang hindi magpatuloy ang ilegal kalakalan sa species na ito.Batay sa datos na nakalap nina Heinrich et al. (2021), may naitalang limang insidente ng pagsasamsam sa sumatutal na 120 kumpirmadong ๐๐ก๐ข๐ฅ๐ข๐ฉ๐ฉ๐ข๐ง๐ž ๐ฌ๐š๐ข๐ฅ๐Ÿ๐ข๐ง ๐ฅ๐ข๐ณ๐š๐ซ๐ sa Pilipinas at mga bansang Indonesia, India, at Hong Kong mula taong 2010 hanggang 2021. Napag-alaman na ang mga ito ay ilegal na inaangkat sa Japan, Taiwan, at Sweden. Mayroong din naitalang 19 kaso ng pag-aangkat ng 187 buhay na ๐๐ก๐ข๐ฅ๐ข๐ฉ๐ฉ๐ข๐ง๐ž ๐ฌ๐š๐ข๐ฅ๐Ÿ๐ข๐ง ๐ฅ๐ข๐ณ๐š๐ซ๐ sa loob at labas ng Amerika mula taong 2000 hanggang 2018. Bukod pa rito ay natuklasan din ang online trade ng species na may 141 listings ng humigit-kumulang 418 ๐๐ก๐ข๐ฅ๐ข๐ฉ๐ฉ๐ข๐ง๐ž ๐ฌ๐š๐ข๐ฅ๐Ÿ๐ข๐ง ๐ฅ๐ข๐ณ๐š๐ซ๐. Dahil dito, patuloy pa rin nanganganib ang populasyon ng reptile dahil sa kakulangan sa pagkontrol ng mga domestik at internasyonal na kalakalan.#OZOOMS1978#Exhibit2022#ZoologyWeekMga SanggunianBauer, J. (2008). Global diversity of lizards in freshwater (Reptilia: Lacertilia). Hydrobiologia, 595(1), 581-586.Biodiversity Management Bureau โ€“ Department of Environment and Natural Resources (BMB-DENR). (2020). Philippine Red List of threatened wild fauna: Part I - Vertebrates. (B. C. Philippines, Ed.) Quezon City, Philippines: Biodiversity Management Bureau โ€“ Department of Environment and Natural Resources (BMB-DENR).Corning, S. (2011, December 6). Sailfin Dragon Care Sheet. Retrieved November 19, 2022, from Reptiles Magazine: reptilesmagazine.com/sailfin-dragon-care-sheet/ Faulkner, T. (n.d.). Philippine Sailfin Lizard. Retrieved November 19, 2022, from Tim Faulkner: www.timfaulkner.com.au/wildlifefacts/philippine-sailfin-lizard/ Heinrich, S., Toomes, A., & Janssen, J. (2021). Legal or unenforceable? Violations of trade regulations and the case of the Philippine Sailfin Lizard Hydrosaurus pustulatus (Reptilia: Squamata: Agamidae). Journal of Threatened Taxa, 13(6), 18532โ€“18543. doi:10.11609/jott.7269.13.6.18532-18543 Ledesma , M., Brown, R., Sy, E., & Rico, E. L. (2009). Hydrosaurus pustulatus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2009: e.T10335A3194587. doi: 10.2305/IUCN.UK.2009-2.RLTS.T10335A3194587.enLouisville Zoo. (2014, December 19). Lizard, Philippine Sailfin. Retrieved November 19, 2022, from Louisville Zoo: louisvillezoo.org/animalsandplants/lizard-philippine-sailfin/ Mascariรฑas, E. M. (2018, June 2). PH sailfin lizards in Misamis Oriental: An unusual case of a community lizard. Retrieved November 19, 2022, from ABS-CBN News: news.abs-cbn.com/focus/06/02/18/ph-sailfin-lizards-in-misamis-oriental-an-unusual-case-of-a-commu... Siler, C. D., Swab, J. C., Oliveros, C. H., Diesmos , A. C., Averia, L., Alcala, A. C., & Brown, R. M. (2012). Amphibians and Reptiles, Romblon Island Group, Central Philippines: Comprehensive herpetofaunal inventory. Check List, 8(3), 443-462. Co-presented by:Aunt Flo Beauty FILI Moon & Oak Mindoro Biodiversity Bokashi Pinoy Composting UP Mining, Metallurgical and Materials Engineering Association, Inc. 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