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National Animal

Water Buffalo

“Why do we love animals so much? Because they are living proof that in this world good still exists”

Author Unknown

Animals commonly seen in the wild

Marine fauna:

Corals, turtles, rays, sharks, clown fish, regal angelfish, triggerfish and great variety of coral fish.


Cacatoes, ducks, kingfisher, parrots, falconets, eagles.

Land mammals:

Bats, wild boars, deer.

Snakes and insects:

Cobras, vipers.

Common sights you will not like

In the city and
on the road

Stray dogs and cats are quite common in many islands across the country. Open trucks carrying live cramped pigs or cows to the slaughter house. Hens and birds being sold in small cages on sidewalks. People holding puppies up in the air on side of roads or in parks to sell them.

In the

Water buffaloes (called “Carabaos”) pulling carts on roads or plowshares in rice fields. Horses and goats can be often seen tied on a rope near the side of the road for many hours.

Hunting or poaching:

Hunted are wild boars, wild goats and deer. Wild birds (illegal but happens).

Animal fights:

Legal. Roosters fights in public settings.

Main organization for animal rescue and sheltering:

PAWS Philippines Animal Rescue

Sanctuaries to visit or volunteer:


We have not included the treatment of animals in the meat/fur/leather industries, zoos or circuses, animal testing as it unfortunately still happens in most countries.

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