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ASEAN Heritage Parks

Mts. Iglit-Baco National Park

This national park is the only place in the world where one can find the biggest remaining population of the tamaraw (Bubalus mindorensis). It features Mt. Baco (2,488 meters above sea level) and Mt. Iglit or “Fungso Mangibok” (2,364 meters above sea level), where the most number of tamaraws roam.

The Park covers 75,445 hectares, and is found on the island of Mindoro, about 130 kilometers south of Manila.

The Mangyan is the dominant indigenous group in the area; they depend directly on Mts. Iglit-Baco for their food and livelihood.

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Location
Mindoro island
Area
754.45 sq km
Date declared as an AHP
29 November 1984, at the 2nd ASEAN Ministerial Meeting, Bangkok, Thailand
Other international designations
Habitat types
Contact Information

Rodel Boyles
AHP Manager
Tel.: +63 434911236
E-mail: rmboyles@yahoo.com

Unique Flora: Though dominated by grasslands, unique species include the Mindoro pine (Pinus merkusii), and the endangered Jade vine.

Unique Fauna: Aside from the critically endangered tamaraw, other unique species include Mindoro imperial pigeon (Ducula mindorensis); Mindoro tarictic hornbill (Penelopides mindorensis); Mindoro bleeding-heart pigeon (Galliculumba platenae); Mindoro scops owl (Otus mindorensis); Mindoro rusa deer (Cervus marianus barandanus); and Mindoro forest mouse (Apomys gracilirostris Ruedas).

Habitat Types: Major habitat types are grassland and evergreen forest

Aside from mountain climbing, visitors can observe the birds and tamaraws. Outside the Park, the islands of Pandan Grande, Pandan Piqueno, and Apo Reef Natural Park provide excellent scuba diving and snorkeling opportunities.

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