The Philippine Tropical Forest Conservation Foundation (PTFCF), in partnership with the University of the Philippines Diliman (UPD), hosted the book launch for “The Mammals of Luzon Island: A Biogeographic Perspective on Evolution, Ecology, and Conservation”, last August 10, 2016. It was held at the Institute of Biology Auditorium, University of the Philippines Diliman, Quezon City.
During the launch, Dr. Lawrence Heaney and Dr. Danilo Balete, two of the authors of the book, revealed that Luzon, an island in the Philippines, has the greatest concentration of unique mammals in the world. While writing the book, the authors were able to discover 28 new species of bats and rodents. Nine of which are yet to be named.
Dr. Lawrence Heaney, one of the authors, signed copies of the book during the launch.
The authors also stressed the importance of conserving the forests. Dr. Balete noted that these unique mammals will only thrive when old growth forests are protected and secondary growth are allowed to regenerate.
Dr. Lawrence Heaney and Dr. Danilo Balete, two of the authors, signed copies of the book during the launch.
To raise awareness on the unique mammals of Luzon, encourage further research and promote the conservation of their forest habitats, one thousand copies of the book will be donated and distributed to key government agencies, local government units, academic institutions and civil society organizations by PTFCF and UPD.
PTFCF and UPD turned over 1,000 copies of the book to key stakeholders from government agencies, local government units, civil society organizations and academic institutions.
You may purchase a copy of the book for 3,625php at National Book Store and Powerbooks.