For Philippine eagles Geothermica and Sambisig, getting sent to Wildlife Reserves Singapore to breed is like being a newly-wed couple going on a honeymoon abroad.
The move is a strategy of the Philippine Eagle Foundation (PEF), which owns the endangered species, to have offspring of the eagles in another country to ensure it will not go extinct in case an avian flu outbreak or a calamity in the country wipes out the few remaining birds in the wild and in captivity.
PEF’s conservation effort, however, still depends on how Geothermica and Sambisig’s honeymoon goes in the Lion City.
As to why Singapore was chosen as overseas breeding site, it was perhaps because the neighboring country has Jurong Bird Park, which may be conducive for bonding and breeding for feathered animals.
Ironically, Singapore is one of the countries in the world with the lowest fertility rate as Singaporeans birth to few babies each year. In fact, its government has been offering incentives to couples, such as cash bonuses and grants, childcare subsidies, parenthood and childcare leave, and even subsidy to expensive fertility treatment to encourage them to have more babies to increase the population.
If Geothermica and Sambisig don’t produce an offspring during their Singapore lovemaking, it’s understandable. Perhaps the birds may simply be infected with the same low libido of Singaporeans.