New species discovered in PH waters prompts conservation, says Fil-Am author

SAN FRANCISCO – Some of the over 100 new species discovered in the Philippines during a recent expedition are now on display at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco.

Filipino American writer Almira Astudillo Gilles looks to educate the youth about the unique and endangered Philippine wildlife through her new book “Hotspot, Cool Country Biodiversity in the Philippines.”

“We can say that the Philippines has many endemic species, which means these are found only in the Philippines, so that’s the unique part of our wildlife,” said Gilles.

Through multiple Philippine expeditions by the Academy researchers found a treasure trove of marine life on the Verde Island Passage.

Gilles hopes that these discoveries of new life, will fuel the urgency behind conservation efforts.

“It’s to take care of our habitats,” said Gilles. “And our habitats could even mean something in our backyards. Because as the book shows everything is related, everything.”

Gilles’ book is intended primarily for children for what she says is a very important reason.

“We have such a special treasure and we need the younger generations to continue the work we started,” said Gilles.

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  • Santiago Del Mundo
    12 October 2016 at 7:27 am - Reply

    It’s all good that there books written about the unique and endangered Philippine wildlife…more power to those who did it…Conservation, sounds easy to say…good start and probably a good topic with the younger generations.

    Filipinos and FilAms like to advertise the Philippines as one of the top tourist destinations around the world. No doubt about it, probably is! But how much longer the Philippines would stay looking beautiful?

    So far, the media does not talk about the unresolved and overwhelming thrash or garbage in the Philippines. Take a look at seashores around Manila, there’s that overwhelming thrash floating around…there’s so much thrash specially where informal settlers live…