At the Center we employ breeding methods such as natural pairing and cooperative artificial insemination to augment wild Philippine Eagle population. We retrieve and treat wounded Philippine Eagles from the wild and release them back if they have no lasting injury.
Due to their nature, breeding Philippine Eagles is an extensive process. To ensure that a pair is compatible, potential pairings are placed in an enclosure with a partition in between. This is to give them the opportunity to get used to each other.
Once two Philippine Eagles pair bond and become lifelong mates, they are placed in a larger enclosure away from human disturbances to prepare them for breeding.
A pairing attempt is considered successful when no aggression from both birds is observed and when they display courtship rituals like food and sprig offering.
NATURAL PAIRS AT THE PHILIPPINE EAGLE CENTER
EAGLETS PRODUCED THROUGH THE NATURAL BREEDING METHOD
cooperative artificial insemination
To establish a rapport, our animal keepers spend a lot of time with the Philippine Eagles in their care. They regularly visit the Eagles in their enclosure usually with food and sprigs which they use to build a nest, especially during the breeding season to prepare them for insemination.
For our keepers to collect a viable semen sample from the male eagles, copulation between the eagle and its keeper is a must. The semen is collected using sterilized gloves and is stored inside a test tube which is passed on to the keeper of an available female eagle for insemination.
This process is tricky which requires precision and timing, as both the male and female Philippine Eagle have to be properly stimulated before the insemination process can even begin.
IMPRINTED PHILIPPINE EAGLES
EAGLETS HATCHED THROUGH COOPERATIVE ARTIFICIAL INSEMINATION