Take a Glimpse of Mt. Hamiguitan in Davao Oriental Thru This Trail!
Kenneth Mheil Mangaya- Ay | June 18, 2020
Mt. Hamiguitan in Davao Oriental is a sanctuary to an immense variety of endemic flora and fauna. It is home to five distinct vegetation types of forest and the crown jewel of Philippine Biodiversity, the Philippine Eagle. The “crowning glory” of the province was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2014. With an elevation of 1,637 meters above sea level, this mountain is considered a major climb requiring 3 days to summit.
The 6,834-hectare sanctuary is a territory to Golden Crown flying foxes, Philippine tarsiers, Philippine warty pigs, Philippine brown deer and the Philippine Mossy-pygmy fruit bat. A total of 53 bird species, such as the dark-eared brown dove and the Tarictic horbill, are found in the Mount Hamiguitan Range Wildlife and Sanctuary.
For beginners who want a warm-up, a new trail is now open, the Tinikaran Trail located in Sitio Catmonan, Brgy. Macambol, Mati City, Davao Oriental. You will be amazed with an out-of-this-world experience where you’ll get to see up-close some century old tinikaran pygmies, ground and wild orchids, pitcher plant and other endemic species.
You will surely close your eyes and feel the inviting sound of the flowing water of Catmonan River. Swim if you want!
Locals are hopeful that more people will be educated about the protected areas, which are critical in conserving our biodiversity that is essential to our existence and survival. Efforts are now being made so that Filipinos will learn more about our protected areas – the richness of these areas and the challenges in conservation.
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Protected areas are identified portions of land and water set aside by reasons of their unique physical and biological significance, managed to enhance biological diversity and protected against destructive human exploitation. There are 240 identified protected areas in the country.