November is Provincial Wildlife Month

November has again been officially declared as Wildlife Month for Negros Occidental.

It promises to be an exciting month of celebrations and activities all designed to increase awareness among Negrenses of the need to protect and conserve the diverse and unique wildlife of the island.

Themed, 'Preserve our home - conserve wildlife - protect their habitats', this year's program kicks off on Tuesday, November 10 with an 'Animals of Negros' foot parade leaving from the Bacolod Public Plaza at 1:30pm.

The parade will feature representatives from local schools, government and non-government organizations dressed in masks and costumes to show many of the endemic and threatened species of Negros including the Visayan tarictic hornbill, Visayan spotted deer and the Visayan warty pig.

A short program will follow the parade, highlighting the search for Mr. & Ms. Wildlife - who will later serve as conservation ambassadors for Negros Occidental.

Wildlife Month's busy schedule of activities run through to November 26 and will include an environmentally-themed art competition; wildlife quizzes; an extemporaneous speech competition focusing on different environmental topics; film showings; tree plantings and a unique research-oriented 'bat encounter' experience.

Activities will culminate on November 26 with the 3rd Negros Island Wildlife Quiz Bowl to be held this year at Silliman University in Dumaguete City.

Negros Wildlife Month is organized by the Negros Forests and Ecological Foundation, Inc (NFEFI) in partnership with the Philippines Biodiversity Conservation Foundation, Inc. (PBCFI) and in close collaboration with the Governor's Office through the Provincial Environment Management Office; Department of Environment and Natural Resources; La Consolacion College-Bacolod; West Negros University and the Silliman University-Center for Tropical Conservation Studies.

Said NFEFI chairman Paul Lizares, "Wildlife and their habitats are in grave danger especially here in Negros. And with Wildlife Month in place, we hope that more Negrenses will appreciate why everyone has an important role to play in helping to protect and conserve our fragile environment."

Issued by the Negros Forests and Ecological Foundation, Inc (NFEFI). For further information, please contact NFEFI trustee, Robert Harland, on 433 2036 or 0916 343 7048.