LOOK: PAL flies 2 Philippine eagles to Singapore for breeding, conservation

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Posted at Jun 04 2019 05:54 PM

Kennels of Geothermica and Sambisig are loaded into the cargo belly of the Airbus A330 jet that flew them to Singapore, June 4, 2019. Handout

MANILA - Philippine Airlines on Tuesday said it carried 2 Philippine eagles to Singapore from their sanctuary in Davao for breeding and species conservation.

The Philippine Eagle Foundation will loan eagles Geothermica, 5, and Sambisig, 17, to the Wildlife Reserves Singapore (WRS) to encourage breeding at the Jurong Bird Park, the flag carrier said in a statement. 

The PEF hopes the loan program would secure a gene pool of the Philippine eagles for species conservation. The said gene pool can also be "critical" in preservation efforts in cases of health epidemics like the avian flu, the carrier said. 

“Through the PAL Foundation, we are flying the loaned eagles to Singapore because we firmly believe in the eagle preservation advocacy of the PEF,” said PAL president and PEF vice chairman Jaime Bautista.

PAL said this was the first time critically endangered species received special treatment on their Davao-Manila and Manila-Singapore flights. 

Meanwhile, the WRS in Singapore has been supporting conservation efforts across Southeast Asia with over 50 wildlife conservation projects, PAL said. 

Key airport and cargo officials ensure the kennels of the 2 Philippine eagles are properly loaded on the Airbus A330 jet that flew them to Singapore, June 4, 2019. Handout

Kennels of Geothermica and Sambisig are unloaded after the PAL flight arrives in Singapore. Handout