Negros Forest and Ecological Foundation, Inc. (NFEFI)
For thirty years, since the late 1980’s, Negros Forest and Ecological Foundation, Inc. (NFEFI), has reforested no less than 1,000 hectares. Their community projects, education programs, and forest protection programs, have successfully transformed communities and lives. The founding of the Biodiversity Conservation Centre (BCC) at the heart of Bacolod City, through the guidance of William Oliver, was the foundation’s showcase project.
Talarak Foundation, Inc.
Since 2010, with what started out as a Satellite Breeding Centre in Kabankalan City for NFEFI, Talarak Foundation, Inc. (TFI), has been extremely successful in their Captive Breeding Program, as well as several small reforestation projects.
In 2016, NFEFI could no longer maintain the animals under their care at the BCC. A serendipitous meeting between NFEFI and TFI at the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Regional Office, led to TFI taking over animal management at the BCC.
Fast forward to 2018, after much negotiation and collaboration, it was decided to merge both NFEFI and TFI. Maintaining the banner of Talarak Foundation, Inc., new working trustees were put on board, and a streamlining of projects took place.
TFI relaunched the BCC to be named Negros Forest Park (NFP), with a new, driven team, renovated enclosures, and revived energy.
Not only have we improved our flagship Park, but the merger has been beneficial to our acquisition of projects throughout the region! Having streamlined our focus, new doors have opened to us! From improved Captive Breeding programs, to more work in the field, TFI sees a bright future for conservation in Western Visayas!
TRIBUTE TO WILLIAM OLIVER
On September 9, 2014, the Philippines lost a Champion for Philippine Conservation. William Oliver was 67.
He was a friend to all conservationists and environmental advocates in the region, and was critical to the survival of the Philippine Spotted Deer, the Visayan Warty Pig, the Negros Bleeding Heart Pigeon, the Rufous Headed Hornbill “Talarak”, and the Visayan Tarictic Hornbill.
Without his pioneering vision, our projects today would not be possible. We thank him for his years of service to the environment, and for being an inspiration to our future conservationists!