Palawan passes resolution to develop Calauit Safari Park
Puerto Princesa City (25 January) -- The Provincial Board of Palawan recently passed a resolution that would enable private sector participation in the master planning, financing, construction and development of the Calauit Safari Park in Busuanga, Palawan.
The resolution hopes that the development of the 3,700 hectares Calauit island into a premier wildlife and game refuge park will boost tourism potentials in the Calamianes Group of Islands particularly in Busuanga town.
The Calauit Island was declared a Game Preserve and Wildlife Sanctuary by virtue of Presidential Proclamation 1578 signed by former President Ferdinand Marcos in 1976. In 1994, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources transferred the management of Calauit to the Palawan Council for Sustainable Development Staff. Through Executive Order 772 signed by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo in 2008, Calauit is now managed by the Provincial Government of Palawan.
The original concept of the Calauit project was for the translocation and propagation of African exotic animals. Now, it is the venue for the preservation and propagation of Palawan endemic species like the Palawan Peacock Pheasant, mouse deer locally known as "pilandok", Calamian deer, Philippine crocodile, bearcat, scaly anteater, Philippine palm civet, porcupine, white-tooth shrew and other endemic birds.
African animals that can still be found in Calauit Safari Park are the giraffes, zebras, gazelles, topis and impalas. (PIA) [top]