March 8, 2019 – Masungi Georeserve invited the park rangers Tamaraw Conservation Program (TCP) of Mindoro for a learning exchange session on conservation and sustainable tourism practices. TCP rangers are in-charge of protecting the remaining tamaraw population in the mountainous regions of Mindoro. With only 28 park rangers monitoring around Mt. Iglit National Park, they managed to successfully grow the population of the endangered tamaraws from about 100 to around 523.
The session started with an orientation conducted by Ann Dumaliang, project manager of Masungi Georeserve. The Tamaraw rangers also had the opportunity to experience the trails and familiarize themselves with the Masungi landscape and effective visitor management practices.
The session became an avenue for both Masungi and TCP to share their views, ideas, and approaches to conservation. According to the rangers, managing visitors can be intimidating and challenging to enter, but they are looking forward to learning and doing well to help in the tamaraw conservation.
The tamaraw (Bubalus mindorensis) is the largest mammal endemic to the Philippines and is currently classified as an endangered species. Despite challenges, the TCP continues to live by their mission to save the tamaraws from extinction. They hope that someday tourism can help with awareness of these species and the sustainability of their conservation program.