Calauit Island lies in the Northwestern coast of Palawan
was declared a game preserve and wildlife sanctuary in 1977
as the Philippines responded to an appeal by the IUCN or
the International Union of Conservation of Nature to save
endangered animals in Africa.
Game Preserve and Wildlife Sanctuary is a natural area where
the entire environment and all the plants and animals are
allowed to live in a natural state with the absolute minimum
of human interference or disturbance. In order to protect
the sanctuary and preserve it for future generations, certain
standards of Visitor Conduct are provided for in the National
Integrated Protected Areas Act and the Strategic Environmental
Plan for Palawan.
Covering an area of 3,700 hectares Calauit Island Wildlife
Sanctuary is home to both endemic animals and African wildlife.
At first, eight species of African animals from Kenya,
which includes giraffes, zebras, impalas, waterbucks, bushbacks,
gazelles, elands and topis live in harmony with endemic
Philippine animals like the Calamian- and mouse- deer,
bearcat, Palawan peacock pheasant, sea turtles and Philippine
crocodile. Their numbers have increased from a hundred
to well over six-hundred as they thrive in their new Pacific
It evolved to become the country’s major conservation
showcase and unique nature park. The island is very proud of
having extraordinary scenic wonders. African animals from Kenya
in Africa such as, giraffes and elands, zebras and gazelles
co-exist with endemic Philippine animals, like the Palawan
bearcat, mousedeer and peacock pheasant, in the Calauit Island
Wildlife Sanctuary in Busuanga, considered one of the island’s
most amazing sites.
island is also a haven for more than seventy species of birds,
of which ten of them are rare, that rest and flock two hours
before sunset, after their wholeday flight.
The Calauit Game Preserve and Wildlife Sanctuary is a success
story for every Filipino. This island is home to African animals
living harmoniously in co-existence with Palawan's indigenous
species. It caters for scientific, educational, tourism and
recreational activities by providing enjoyment of the wilderness
and opportunities for greater awareness on the importance and
appreciation of conservation of the natural and cultural heritage
of this beautiful area.
Island is indeed the Philippine's showcase for wildlife conservation.
It is an ideal sanctuary because of its relative isolation.
The forests, grasslands and mangrove swamps are also the
habitat of some of the country’s rarest and most endangered
Island, a truly must-see for all nature- and wildlife- lovers
and enthusiasts. So come on now and visit, and have a great, wonderful,
and unforgettable experience!