Rescue & rehab Centers

Rescue Centers

Illegaly captured or injured birds and other wildlife are rehabilitated in our 3 rescue centers and then released back into the wild. 

We foster injured or captured animals, rehabilitate,

& release them back into the wild –

at our 3 rescue centers in northwest Panay

Philincon rehab and relese wildlife animals tropics nature conservation, found or seized animal admitted, injury determination, first aid, healing process, reintroduction into wild

our aim

We foster, rehabilitate, and then release the wildlife.

One of our most obvious and longest activity is the rehabilitation and release of endangered wildlife at rescue centers in northwest Panay.

The wild animals

  • are found by villagers or our PhilinCon rangers sick or shot in the rainforest or injured next to a street –
  • we confiscate the captured endangered wildlife from illegal wildlife traders, poachers, hotels and local people –
  • sometimes animals are handed over after years or decades of being held in a small cage, – birds usually suffering from weakend muscle and wrong diet

After bringing the injured, sick or orphaned animal to one of the three rehab stations (Mag-aba Wildlife Clinic; Bulanao Rescue Facility; Sibaliw Rehabilitation Station for hornbills) our veterinarian will determine the extent of injury and the probability of successful rehabilitation. If the animal can make a recovery and be released into the wild, it will be nurtured, trained, and medically taken care of. Otherwise the animal will be still nursed but stays in an animal sanctuary.

In the first step basic first aid and physical therapy will be applied to the animal. For this purpose the station staff received training explicit for the unique species found on Panay; they understand behavioral issues, nutritional requirements, and have knowledge about species-specific handling. Day-to-day care is applied to the animals; it includes feeding, physical therapy, exercise, medicating and a pre-release conditioning program. In the program, the animals are familiarized with their natural diet to enable them to survive when released back to the wild. To record the recuperation process, regular medical examinations are conducted.

Before releasing the animals, the reintroduction into the wild has to be carefully planned. To be released, the animal must be healthy, strong, and have intact wild instincts to survive in the wild. The releasing is not only solely dependent on the animal, it also hinge on the right habitat, location, season, sometimes even the weather. When all conditions are met, the animals are released into the wild.

We presently maintain several hornbills and raptors at two locations, Bulanao, Libertad, and Santo Rosario, Pandan. See our table of release.

Our activitieS

In our three rescue centers, injured animals are treated professionally until they can be released.

The animals admitted to each of the three rescue centers are checked for their health, treated professionally, if necessary by a vet, fed adequately and kept as long as necessary until they attain top shape in terms of plumage, health (pre-release health check) and locomotor abilities. Then they are released back into the wild. Hornbills pass through a rehabilitation station in the upland forest to accustom to their natural forest environment, larger raptors exercise sustained power flight in large aviaries prior to release from a lowland station.

project duration

The facilities have been maintained permanently since 1999.

authorization

Our MOA (Memorandum of Agreement) with the government authorizes us to receive and care for confiscated, donated, and rescued wildlife for rehabilitation, and later release them back into their former habitats. We presently (April 2020) maintain four hornbills and several raptors at two rescue & rehab centres. Our vet and the caretakers are properly trained care for the wildlife in the facilities.

project costs

The costs for e.g. one hornbill average around 200 USD annually. This includes food, medicine, caretaking, and health monitoring.

Only released animals or brought to other facilities
 ReleaseBrought to other facilityReleaseOther facilityReleaseOther facilityReleaseOther facilityReleaseOther facilityReleaseOther facilityTotal Release
Total in other facilities
 till200620072009201320152016  
Hornbills 533325 4 5231223
Birds of Prey 314281 1111 176
other Birds 411213   3   222
Deers       1     10
Monkeys  1 211      14
Cats 1 2  1    1 41
Snakes 1 4 2     1 80
other Reptiles 1 4     1 1 70
Total             7236

Our activitieS

In our three rescue centers, injured animals are treated professionally until they can be released.

The animals admitted to each of the three rescue centers are checked for their health, treated professionally, if necessary by a vet, fed adequately and kept as long as necessary until they attain top shape in terms of plumage, health (pre-release health check) and locomotor abilities. Then they are released back into the wild. Hornbills pass through a rehabilitation station in the upland forest to accustom to their natural forest environment, larger raptors exercise sustained power flight in large aviaries prior to release from a lowland station.

project duration

The facilities have been maintained permanently since 1999.

project costs

The costs for e.g. one hornbill average around 200 USD annually. This includes food, medicine, caretaking, and health monitoring.

Our MOA (Memorandum of Agreement) authorizes the project to receive and maintain confiscated, donated, and rescued wildlife for rehabilitation, and later release them back into their former habitats. We presently maintain several hornbills and raptors at two locations, Bulanao, Libertad, and Santo Rosario, Pandan.

A local DVM, Dr. Enrique Sanchez, had been dispatched to Cologne, Germany, for additional training in avian medicine. Likewise, Filipino staff were trained to tend and care for rehabilitated wildlife in our three facilities, namely in Mag-aba Wildlife Clinic, Pandan, Bulanao Rescue Facility in Brgy. Bulanao, Libertad, both in Antique, and the Sibaliw Rehabilitation Facility in Brgy. Tag-osip, Buruanga, Aklan. After proper health checks, the birds are trained and conditioned for release. In the process, the animals are familiarized with their natural diet to enable them to survive when released back to the wild.

Species ReleaseBrought to other facilityReleaseOther facilityReleaseOther facilityReleaseOther facilityReleaseOther facilityReleaseOther facilityTotal Release
Total in other facilities
 till200620072009201320152016  
Hornbills               
Penelopides panini 533325 4 4 11020
Rhabdotorrhinus waldeni          12223
Birds of Prey               
Haliastur indus      1      01
Spilornis holospilus 11124  1 11 75
Nisaetus cirrhatus 1 2 2   1   60
Tyto longimembris 1 1 2       40
other Birds               
Caprimulgus manillensis   1         10
Chalcophaps indica  11 1       21
Geopelia striata   1 2       30
Ixobrychus cinnamomeus   1         10
Loriculus philippensis regulus 2 6         80
Phapitreron leucotis nigrorum   21        21
Prioniturus discurus 2           20
Corvus macrorhynchos         3   30
Deers               
Cervus (Rusa) alfredi       1     10
Monkeys               
Macaca fascicularis philippinensis  1 211      14
Cats               
Paradoxurus philippinensis      1      01
Prionailurus bengalensis 1 2       1 40
Snakes               
Coelognathus erythrurus psephenourus
 1           10
Malayopython reticulatus   4 2     1 70
other Reptiles               
Turtle   2     1 1 40
Varanus nuchalis 1 2         30
Total             7236