Our Species

West Visayan Big Five

These five key species help our forests thrive. They each have an important role to play in ensuring a healthy ecosystem. From the hornbills that spread seeds, to the Warty Pigs that plow the soil, they have key roles in keeping their habitats in check.

Visayan Spotted Deer

Rusa alfredi

Endemic to the islands of Negros and Panay, these deer are critically endangered due to widespread hunting in the past, as well as habitat loss. Once existing on Cebu, they are now extinct on the island. These deer are very special as they are the only deer species in the Philippines that retains its spots. Little is known about the natural habits of these beautiful mammals, as they are increasingly rare in the wild, with only six known sightings in the last ten years on Negros and Panay. We have bred them successfully in captivity, and our dream is to see them back in their natural habitat.

Visayan Warty Pig

Sus cebifrons

Endemic to the islands of Negros and Panay, these unique pigs are critically endangered due to hunting, poaching, habitat loss, and human conflict as they raid crops. Once widespread throughout the region, they are now found only in patchy areas with rare sightings. The males have a unique mohawk, and a wart-like patch of flesh on their face, giving them their name.  Babies are born brown with black stripes, and as they grow older, they change into their signature black and grey color.

Rufous-headed Hornbill or Walden’s Hornbill

Rhabdotorrhinus waldeni

These critically endangered birds can only be found on Negros and Panay, with their status as Possibly Extinct on Negros. These magnificent birds were widely hunted in the past, poached for their casks, for the pet trade, and are widely affected by deforestation and forest conversion. Because they mate for life, it makes breeding in captivity very difficult. In the wild, Walden’s Hornbills need mature tree trunks to nest in, and females seal themselves in the holes for up to 100 days, relying on the male to bring her, and her chicks, food. If a male is poached or hunted, the whole family dies. They are in desperate need of our help!

Visayan Hornbill or Tarictic Hornbill

Penelopides panini

These endangered birds can be found on Panay, Negros and Samar, though they are thought to be extinct on Samar Island. With thriving populations of the Tarictic in Balinsasayao Twin Lakes Natural Park, we have big dreams for repopulating our forests with these beautiful birds. Once severely hunted and poached, with education campaigns and community empowerment, we can give the Tarictic a fighting chance!

Negros Bleeding Heart Dove

Gallicolumba keayi

The Negros Bleeding Heart Dove is Critically Endangered, and is one of 5 Bleeding Heart Dove species around the Philippines. Much like the rest of our West Visayan Big Five, this dove is endemic only to the islands of the West Visayas, with the only confirmed recent sightings coming from Negros and Panay. Because these birds thrive in lowland dipterocarp forest, most of this habitat had been eradicated on Negros Island, and can now only be found along the Central Panay Mountain Range, into the peninsula of Panay. With much of their habitat gone, they have been pushed upland into areas not suitable for their survival. To regenerate these lowland forests is our dream, and together, we can give these birds a fighting chance to come home.