National Animal: Philippines – The Carabao

The Carabao (Bubalus bubalis) is often mistaken for a large rock, a puddle with huge horns or a big black road block. Though this swamp-loving domestic water buffalo is found all throughout rural South East Asia, in the Philippines the Carabao holds special status as the National Animal. There are two main theories about the…

The 3 Top Eco-Tourism Spots in Sagada

Ecotourism is a new conservation movement based in the tourist industry. It has been described as “responsible travel which conserves the natural environment and sustains the well-being of local people” [1]. High up in the Cordillera mountains in the Northern Luzon region of the Philippines exists the town of Sagada. This place is booming with…

Standing on the Edge: Northern Negros Natural Park

Imagine hiking through 805 square kilometers of pristine rainforest in South East Asia. Envision walking for an hour and a half to see the magnificent 60-foot Pulang Tubig waterfall with a local guide. It’s hard to believe it only costs 150 Philippine Pesos which is 3 DOLLARS AND 93 CENTS CAD which can be split among…

A little dose of Ethical Animal Tourism in Negros

When you think of a conservationist haven, the last place you would think to look is in the urbanized city of Bacalod on the Visayan island of Negros. Yet, the Negros Forest and Ecological Foundation Incorporated (NFEFI) centre and its rare inhabitants live in the heart of the city. Why visit this tiny conservation centre?…

It’s NOT a Monkey: The Tarsier

One of the biggest pet peeves of a primatologist (a person who studies primates), let alone most biologists, is when people call primates ‘monkeys’. Primates are a highly diverse group that includes the Great Apes, Old World Monkeys, New World Monkeys, Prosimians and Humans [1]. Sometimes misbehaving humans are also referred to as monkeys, but is that accurate? Nope. Tarsiers…

It’s a Monkey: Philippine Long-tail Macaque

You are in for a treat when you visit the famous Underground Tunnel in Puerto Princessa, Palawan, Philippines. If you are lucky, you will spot the Philippine Long-tailed Macaque which is also known as the crab eating macaque (scientific name: Macaca fascicularis philippinensis). Long-tailed Macaques are generally less aggressive than their other macaque counterparts. But…