The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) will send a pair of Philippine eagle to Singapore in an effort to conserve the species and save them from extinction.

“We’ll do that to preserve the Philippine Eagle, which is very near extinction already,” Roy Cimatu, DENR secretary, said last April 24, during the DENR’s celebration of the annual Earth Day.

Cimatu added that the loan agreement with Singapore will help protect the species, in case there is a possible outbreak of a disease in the future, which could significantly endanger the species even more and could wipe it totally into extinction.

The Philippine Eagle Foundation reported that there is roughly 400 pairs of Philippine eagles left in the wild, while the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) listed the specie as “critically endangered.”

This largest eagle specie in the world is known as a top predator that is responsible for regulating the population of smaller animals, but their population continues to decrease due to habitat loss, deforestation, illegal hunting, and climate change.

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