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Calauit Island Game Preserve, Calamianes Islands, Palawan, Philippines

Calauit Island Game Preserve, Calamian Islands, Palawan, Philippines. A little piece of Africa in the South China Sea! (Photo courtesy Philippines Department of Tourism)


Calauit Island, Philippines


Giraffe, Caluit Island, PhilippinesCalauit Island lies in north Palawan, and is part of the Calamian group of islands. It was declared a game preserve and wildlife sanctuary in 1977 after the country responded to an appeal by the International Union of Conservation of Nature to save endangered African animals.


Calauit Island Game Preserve and Wildlife Sanctuary


The Game Preserve and Wildlife Sanctuary is a natural area where the entire environment and all plants and animals are allowed to live with a minimum amount of human disturbance, in order to protect the sanctuary and preserve it for future generations.

zebra on Calauit island, PhilippinesThe park covers an area of 3,700 hectares, and is home to both endemic animals and African wildlife. Initially, eight species of animals were introduced to Calauit from Kenya - giraffes, zebras, impalas, gazelles, elands, waterbucks, bushbacks, and topis. These now share their new home with species endemic to the Philippines, and their numbers have grown hugely as they appear to thrive in their new island home. 

Calauit island also attracts more than 70 species of birds, some of which are quite rare.

Caluit Island is a splendid example of wildlife conservation, being a perfect sanctuary due to its relative isolation. The varied habitat of forest, grassland and mangrove swamps are also a home to some of the country’s rarest and sometimes endangered species. It is an island that is a must-see for all who love nature and wildlife.




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