New official tamaraw population, in the heart of Mindoro (February 2018)

1-Team proceeding in the mountain by oriental Mindoro

In collaboration with our DENR TCP partner and the local Alangan Mangyan communities, DAF conducted a 14 days exploration mission on the Upper Amnay Watershed Region, at the border of the two Mindoro provinces, in order to assess the size and the situation of an isolated Tamaraw population.

The existence of this remote population was corroborated during our previous rapid survey in June 2017. Results of this survey confirm what shall be considered as a new official sub-population and the second largest tamaraw population in Mindoro after Mts Iglit-Baco Natural Park (possibly more than 80 animals).

It also paves the way in building cooperation and structuring the involvement of the upland Alangan communities whose living space encompasses this tamaraw sub-population.

Despite the undeniable importance of the finding and the optimism it allows, discretion is requested at this stage to avoid unsuitable anticipated actions and mistakes with these IP communities.

 

 

3 - fresh track of tamaraw

(Fresh track of tamaraw)

2 - mountain mossy forest landscape

(Mountain mossy forest landscape)

4 - fresh dung of tamaraw

(Fresh dung of tamaraw)

5 - exit through Occidental Mindoro

(Exit through Occidental Mindoro)

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