Germany, Bochum, july 2020

Newspaper Rubin

After studying biology, Christian Schwarz began research in the Philippines. He has remained attached to the country until today: He works as a project manager for the nature conservation organization Philincon.

Full Article in german and Copyright RUB:

The Aga toad was introduced in many parts of the world as a pest exterminator. Now it does its own damage.

Full Article in german:

Philippines, March 2020

our rangers

Corona-fundraiser: protect Wildlife from increased poaching!

We created a fundraiser campaign to protect the wildlife. We collected 321€ which funded the needed ranger operations and some ranger-equipment.

“We need your help! Please support our rangers patrolling the Northwest Panay Peninsula Natural Park on Panay Island! The poaching increased drastically due to Corona / Covid-19 in the Philippines, and is higher than never before! Please help us pay their allowances, so they can do their job: please pay for food and fuel, so the rangers can patrol more than once a week and destroy the traps of poachers.

If just 100 People give us 10€ we will be able to finance a patrol every 3-4 days and new, urgendly needed boots and backpacks. Donate on our website via paypal & transaction



Philippines, 29. February 2020

New Colleague

We are happy to welcome our new employee for internal communication and education:  Javie Barcinal. He is a founder of the NGO Dulungan Youth, a journalist, and photographer. 

We are always looking for volunteers from around the world. Please send us an email to or

Profile Picture of Jann Vinze Barcinal

Philippines, 24. December 2019

Typhoon Ursula: 24.12.19


A typhoon has made landfall over the Philippines at Christmas. Especially affected was the island of Panay, where PhilinCon’s employees live. Luckily, none of them got injured, but the typhoon caused significant destruction, which is now being removed by our Forest Rangers.

Germany, 16. Oktober. 2019

Photo by RUB, Marquard

Loren Legarda: guest at the Ruhr-University Bochum

A Philippine delegation led by Senator Loren Legarda, Vice-speaker of the Philippine House of Representatives, visited the Ruhr-University Bochum (RUB) on 15 October 2019. After a talk given by Senator Legarda, the RUB and the delegation signed a mutual agreement to promote exchange in teaching and research.

Official press release (only in German):

Germany, 14. Oktober. 2019

Article about Helga Schulze and her commitment to PhilinCon

Helga Schulze is a scientific illustrator at the Ruhr-University Bochum, runs a wildlife sanctuary for Loris (nocturnal primates), and has been committed to the preservation of the Philippine rainforest for over 20 years. An article about her work as a scientific illustrator and ongoing work for PhilinCon can be found here (only in German):

Photo by RUB, Kramer

Philippines, 16. Oktober 2019

Installation of billbords of the Northwest Panay Peninsula Natural Park

With the help of PhilinCon, billboards about the Northwest Panay Peninsula Natural Park were installed at Malumpati Cold Spring in Pandan, Philippines. 

Many thanks to Helga Schulze for the design and illustration.

Also, special thanks to Pandan’s Mayor John Sanchez, Bong Venus for approving the location and to Pandan MPS headed by Bryan Alamo for the transportation.

Philippines, 29. September 2019

Tree planting at Mangrove Reforestation Area

In a day event members of PhilinCon joined the tree planting at the Mangrove reforestation area. Other participants of this event included the CSO, DENR, FPO, Mag-aba High School, PNVHS, Sanggunuang Kabataan, and Mulumpati Eco group.

Germany, 11. April 2019

Beauties of the Rainforest

Article of Ruhr-University Bochum

As inhabitant of the rainforest this tree frog needs a high percipitation rate and an intact ecosystem.

Official press release (only in German):


Germany, 08. August 2018

Students of Ruhr-Universität Bochum support the organization PhilinCon

Student volunteers from PhilinCon, located at the Ruhr-University Bochum, are looking for donors to protect the rainforests and animals in the Philippines. 

Official press release (only in German):

Photo by WAZ, Barbara Zapka

Philippines, Boracay, 1. October 2012

DENR & PhilinCon confiscate Hornbill

Caged in a mini zoo as tourist attraction, a resort owner on Boracay, surrendered the bird after weeks of negotiation.

The colorful Writhed-Billed Hornbill (or Walden Hornbill) has been considered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) is listed as critically endangered. It is already considered extinct in the island provinces of Negros while it is believed that only few remains in Panay Island.


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Philippines, Sibaliw Station, 2007

Movie about the Hornbills

Survival has become difficult for the dulungan, as the indigenous people call the hornbill.
Its habitat now consists of only a few meagre remnants of the rainforest, which on the Philippine island of Panay has been sadly reduced due to slash-and-burn and the selling of timber.
The trunks of the giant trees serve the dulungans as nest cavities, the fruits of the trees are their nutrition. On their flights they spread the seeds of these fruits on fallow fields and thus support rejuvenation of the forest.
But the nest holes are plundered by poachers and the birds’ flesh – that is made into finger food and regarded as a luxury snack – fetches a high price. Thus the number of dulungans is decimated by half each year.
Fortunately nature conservationists in Germany have developed a concept with which the former hunters are to become keepers. When former nest poachers watch the nest holes so that the hornbills can hatch in peace and rear their young, and the efforts to found national parks are still being supported, then hope remains that one of the last intact forest regions of the Philippines is not yet lost – and that the complex work of the nature conservationists, a collaboration of development aid and protection of the species, will prevail.

Official press release in german:


Germany, Bochum, 21. September 2001

Prof. Curio is awarded with the EU Biodiversity Chair

Since 1993 Prof. Curio is doing research in the Philippines: the Biodiversity is per sqaure metre the highest throughout the whole world but at the same time the most thretened.

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