National Animal: Philippines – The Carabao

The Carabao (Bubalus bubalis) is often mistaken for a large rock, a puddle with huge horns or a big black road block. Though this swamp-loving domestic water buffalo is found all throughout rural South East Asia, in the Philippines the Carabao holds special status as the National Animal. There are two main theories about the

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The 3 Top Eco-Tourism Spots in Sagada

Ecotourism is a new conservation movement based in the tourist industry. It has been described as “responsible travel which conserves the natural environment and sustains the well-being of local people” [1]. High up in the Cordillera mountains in the Northern Luzon region of the Philippines exists the town of Sagada. This place is booming with

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Standing on the Edge: Northern Negros Natural Park

Imagine hiking through 805 square kilometers of pristine rainforest in South East Asia. Envision walking for an hour and a half to see the magnificent 60-foot Pulang Tubig waterfall with a local guide. It’s hard to believe it only costs 150 Philippine Pesos which is 3 DOLLARS AND 93 CENTS CAD which can be split among

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A little dose of Ethical Animal Tourism in Negros

When you think of a conservationist haven, the last place you would think to look is in the urbanized city of Bacalod on the Visayan island of Negros. Yet, the Negros Forest and Ecological Foundation Incorporated (NFEFI) centre and its rare inhabitants live in the heart of the city. Why visit this tiny conservation centre?

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It’s NOT a Monkey: The Tarsier

One of the biggest pet peeves of a primatologist (a person who studies primates), let alone most biologists, is when people call primates ‘monkeys’. Primates are a highly diverse group that includes the Great Apes, Old World Monkeys, New World Monkeys, Prosimians and Humans [1]. Sometimes misbehaving humans are also referred to as monkeys, but is that accurate? Nope. Tarsiers

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The Case of the Mysterious Bird of Paradise

No, this article isn’t about a beautiful tropical bird with a unique and slightly hilarious mating ritual. It’s about the angiosperm (also known as flowering plant) that I came across in Tam-Awan Village in Baguio, Northern Luzon, Philippines depicted in picture provided. Based on what the employees in Tam-Awan were able to tell me, this

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Feed Me Seymour!

If you are familiar with the musical “Little Shop of Horrors” you know that famous scene where a giant man eating plant named Audrey II convinces the main character to feed it human flesh with a witty song and dance. Now, I’m not suggesting giant man eating plants like Audrey II exist, but carnivorous plants

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The Uncontroversial Hero: Vaccines

While travelling abroad, your health should be your top priority. It doesn’t matter how fit or healthy you think you are, getting the appropriate medications and vaccinations can mean the difference between life and death. Once you have a rough idea of where you would like to travel, then head to your doctor or your

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