Geothermica & Sambisig have been selected to be the pair of Philippine Eagles that will pioneer the Wildlife Loan Agreement (WLA) between the Philippines and Singapore.
Following international protocols, the Philippines is sending captive-bred eagles which are more accustomed to human activities and are said to have more resilience in the face of stressful situations, as opposed to those from the wild.
Geothermica and Sambisig are in the optimal age range for breeding with Geothermica being 15 years old and Sambisig, 17.
Geothermica and Sambisig are currently undergoing a pairing attempt process which means they are put inside enclosures with a partition screen in between. This allows them to see each other while preventing any physical harm should they become aggressive.
When the pairing attempt succeeds, Geothermica and Sambisig will be the only captive-bred natural pair of the Philippine Eagle Center and the first to be loaned abroad.
At the PEC, the eagles are housed at the isolation and rearing room where the keepers can discretely observe the pair. This is crucial in keeping the pairing process undisturbed and making it more conducive for the eagles to bond.
So far, the two eagles have not shown any sign of aggression towards each other and are observed to be perching closely together. They have healthy appetites and are quick to eat their food, which indicates that they comfortable in each other's presence.
This is the 4th pairing attempt for both birds. Geothermica and Sambisig have been paired with other Philippine Eagles before but none has succeeded.
geothermica and sambisig's trip to singapore
The pair underwent lab test to rule out the New Castle Disease (NCD) and Avian Influenza Type A virus to ensure that the birds are safe for travel. This also prevents any contamination of the stock in Singapore.
They will be transported using large kennels and will be riding the Philippine Airlines from Davao to Manila and then again from Davao to Singapore.
Upon arrival, the eagles will be quarantined as per biosafety protocols and to allow the birds to acclimatize in their new environment.