The size of the Philippine Eagle population is difficult to estimate, but most figures put it between 200 and 800 birds left in the wild.  Habitat loss and human persecution rank as the top threats to eagles that remain. 

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Massive habitat loss and forest fragmentation have left eagles exposed and vulnerable to the growing human population. Every year eagles are killed or injured as a result of shooting or trapping despite laws designed to protect them.


Philippine Eagles require large tracts of intact forest to survive and most of what remains today is too small or fragmented to meet their needs. International demand for timber, led to the rapid demise of the Philippine forest in the latter half of the 20th century.  


All hope is not lost, there is still time to save the Philippine Eagle and the PHILIPPINE EAGLE FOUNDATION (PEF) is leading the way. There is still time to conserve and restore the Philippine forest and stop the unnecessary shooting and trapping that is leading to their demise. The PEF is the only non-profit organization in the Philippines dedicated solely to the protection and preservation of the Philippine Eagle. The men and women of the foundation are the true heroes of our story– working tirelessly, with little resources and against great odds, to keep the eagles from slipping into extinction.

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At the Cornell Lab Media Unit, we partner with regional organizations to support conservation efforts on behalf of some of the most endangered species and habitats around the world. For "Bird of Prey", we partnered with the Philippine Eagle Foundation and Neil Rettig Productions to produce this film and ancillary media that is already being used by the PEF in their education and conservation efforts in the Philippines.