The Pearl of the Orient Seas as the Wildlife Haven
How many of the endemic species of our country do children know? Perhaps they have heard of the majestic Philippine Eagle. Of course, it is a national symbol. It is not only taught in Science classes but as well as in History classes. How much knowledge do Filipinos have regarding the species that are displayed at the back of our Peso bills? And for a while, the incorrect writing of these species’ Scientific names created a buzz. Are we that careless of these natural wealth that had been given to us that we almost always take them for granted and even do not give justice to their names? When I have watched the documentary entitled “The Endangered Tales” I was once again reminded of how richly blessed we are, Filipinos, that we have such unique and beautiful animals and plants just at our own backyard. I really love the numerous species of orchids that we have and I find it most interesting to know that given 6,000 species, scientists are still well on their way to discover more and more species. We might be a little slow on progress and we can never truly say that our government is taking care of us, its citizens, but we can say out loud, with heads up high that our country is the home of so many species and majority of these species can only be seen in our country. One though cannot help but wonder how could a tiny group of islands in the Pacific region could hold so many species that even the Mediterranean region cannot compete with. According to the documentary, Scientists believe that the complex geological history of our country played a major role regarding it. Volcanic eruptions, though very disastrous in nature actually paved the way for the creation of a new species that once thrived in saltwater and now lives in fresh water. The Taal lake’s tawilis and sea snake are indeed one of a kind because they thrive in the volcano’s crater lake despite being saltwater creatures in the past. Also, the theory that...
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