Negros Interior Biodiversity Expedition Ends

The 2012 Negros Interior Biodiversity Expedition (NIBE) to the interior of the North Negros Natural Park (NNNP) ended on Tuesday.

NIBE leader James Sawyer (left) with two members of the team James Benares, mountain leader and Dr. Neil D'Cruze, research leader.

The expedition team, comprising scientists, biologists, mountaineers, teachers and logistics experts from the UK and the Philippines, set off on March 24 to the park's interior on a mission to undertake a comprehensive survey of the rare and unique mammals inhabiting the area.

Using 20 remote cameras team members were able to capture some 4,000 hours of footage, much of which showed evidence that the park is still home to a multitude of rare and endemic species.

The team also undertook an extensive study of study of various insects and rare reptiles and amphibians.

Expedition leader James Sawyer said the trip had been physically challenging, but it had been "a beautiful experience". He added that the wealth of data collected on the expedition now had to be analyzed and assessed by local and international experts before any solid results could be released. He expects initial results to be available in the next few weeks.

The expedition was supported DENR, PEMO and the Negros Forests and Ecological Foundation (NFEFI)

The UK members of the expedition will return to England Later this week.