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Although many thousands of domesticated Asian elephants are found in Southeast Asia, this magnificent animal is threatened by extinction in the wild: in the face of rapidly growing human populations, the Asian elephant's habitat is shrinking fast.

 

Dear WWF Donor,

As we celebrate Mother’s Day this month, let us also fortify our commitment to protect Mother Nature!

Our monthly PandaMail lets you know our programs’ successes, breakthroughs, and what donors like you have been up to. Through your support, you are helping WWF-Philippines accomplish its mission where humans live in harmony with nature.

 

WWF honors Mothers for Nature


This month, WWF salutes mothers who invest in their children’s future by committing to protect our planet. One of them is Eva Parreño, who has been volunteering for WWF for four years.

This mother of three has been very active with WWF’s Environmental Education Programme, so much so that she earned the moniker “Mommy Eva” within the organization.

Mommy Eva’s journey with WWF began when she attended a climate change workshop for teachers in 2008. “Everything snowballed from that experience. I was present in all teaching sessions led by WWF’s Environmental Education team,” says Mommy Eva, a mother of three kids aged 23, 19, and 16.

WWF’s Environmental Education Programme empowers children, mostly public school elementary students, into becoming young stewards of the environment. Last year alone, the Environmental Education team has reached 19,750 students. Volunteers like Mommy Eva have contributed to the programme’s success by heading the lectures and games for the young kids.

"It is not just through donating money that I can say I have helped save the environment. It is also understanding why we need to save Mother Earth. When I am teaching in WWF's environmental education sessions, I share the knowledge about the climate change and how young kids can mitigate its impact. It might be as simple as bringing your own reusable water tumbler instead of buying bottled water," she says.

But Mommy Eva’s involvement with WWF doesn’t stop with her volunteer work. In fact, caring for the environment has naturally become a practice in her home.

“After constantly reminding my children to turn off their lights and other appliances when not in use, these practices became SOP already. My kids are trained to not be a litter bug since they were young,” she adds.

Her household also collects old clothes, soda tabs, bottle caps, wine bottles and turns them into reusable crafts.

“I grew up in our own family business which is manufacturing and exporting Philippine handicrafts--using our natural materials like abaca. I even designed some placemats and bags for our foreign buyers when I was in high school. I was really exposed to the arts and crafts and since I became active with WWF, I started using old materials to make new products, just like 2 old blouses that I made into a handbag,” says Mommy Eva.

This Mother’s Day, Mommy Eva has a special message for mothers:

“Mother knows best. I invite all Mothers to learn more about saving Mother Earth. Don't just tutor your kids about academics. Teach them also about environment conservation. The youth is our future. If all are educated about this-we will have less trash, more green trees around us, and clean air for everyone,” she says.

 

Give a WWF Panda this Mother's Day!


Make the celebration of Mother’s Day more meaningful by giving your mother a WWF Panda Adoption Pack!

As a special treat from WWF this month, you can get the Panda Adoption Pack for a discounted donation rate of P2000 (from P3000)! Every pack comes with a limited edition WWF Panda cuddly toy, a WWF Adoption Certificate, and a WWF Species Information Card!

As an added bonus, WWF will deliver the Panda Adoption Pack to your mom free of charge!*

Every purchase of a Panda Adoption Pack is a donation to WWF's Adoption Program, which will help protect the following local endangered species:

  • The whale sharks in Donsol, Sorsogon, where WWF facilitates species conservation and eco-tourism program
  • The dugongs in Davao Gulf, where WWF conducts coastal resource management and climate change adaptation programs
  • The green sea turtles in Tawi-Tawi, where WWF implements mariculture management and marine conservation programs

Give this special gift to your mom and help protect Philippine local endangered species at the same time!

Email adopt@wwf.org.ph for orders and inquiries.

* Location can be anywhere in the Philippines. Courier services is provided for free by 2GO Express, WWF-Philippines’ logistics partner for the Adoption Program. 

 

Sorsogon: A possible birthing site for whale sharks?


We know that whale sharks (Rhincodon typus) congregate in the town of Donsol in Sorsogon province. We also know that they feed here. Over the last four years, new scientific evidence culled from a satellite tagging program and an innovative photo-ID project revealed that although some sharks swim out of the country at season’s end, some of them actually just hang around the archipelago.

In 2009, WWF and the people of Donsol learned something new when they rescued a 15-inch juvenile whale shark in the waters off the nearby Pilar town! The whale shark was eventually released.

In spite of all the research that is being done worldwide on whale sharks, to this date no one knows where they breed or give birth. The Pilar “pup” was so small, it was probably born here and could have been what biologists call a neo-nate.

Not only is this animal the smallest live whale shark on record ever to be captured and released here in the Philippines (and arguably, anywhere in the world), it is also the first indication that the Philippines, at the apex of the Coral Triangle, is probably one of the places on the planet where these giants of the sea are born.

For many years, scientists thought that Donsol was merely one of many “gas stations” along the global network of marine highways where whale sharks cruised. This new discovery is the first ever indication that this coastline may actually be a “birthing site”. This comes as no surprise. After all, all this happened in the Coral Triangle – the nursery of the seas – where life begins, and many things remain possible.

Whale sharks are the largest fish on earth. Thus it was a pleasant surprise for the folk of Sorsogon to find and rescue what is arguably the smallest living whale shark in recorded history.

(By WWF-Philippines Vice Chair and CEO Jose Ma. Lorenzo Tan)

 

Help protect the planet through your Nokia phone!


Are you a Nokia user? Do your share in saving the Philippine environment when you download the WWF-Philippines Application on the Nokia Ovi Store for FREE! For every download, Nokia will donate PHP 10 to WWF-Philippines’  local conservation and species protection programs.

The WWF-Philippines app comes with a fun yet educational game to entertain mobile phone users while helping them learn more about local endangered species.

Expect local species like the butanding (whale shark), pawikan (sea turtle), dugong (sea cow), Calamian deer, mouse deer, Philippine crocodile, Philippine eagle, tarsier, true giant clam, and warty pig to engage you in an exciting game that will keep you entertained and enlightened at the same time.

Let your Nokia phones be a valuable tool in helping save the environment and protect our local endangered species. The free app is available for download on the following Nokia handsets: Nokia 5230, Nokia 5233, Nokia 5250, Nokia 5530 XpressMusic, Nokia 5800 XpressMusic, Nokia C5-03, Nokia C6, Nokia C6-01, Nokia C7, Nokia E63, Nokia E7, Nokia E71, Nokia E72, Nokia N8, Nokia N97, Nokia N97 mini, Nokia X6, and Nokia X7.

Download the WWF-Philippines app now by going to www.store.ovi.com and searching for WWF Philippines or by visiting this link.

 
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