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26/10/2011: THE PHILIPPINES’ RICH BIODIVERSITY FEATURED AT ABC7 KGO-TV

ABC7 KGO-TV recently aired a feature entitled “Reefs to Rainforests:  The Great Expedition” which took viewers on an expedition to the Philippines for a breath-taking look at one of the world’s richest and endangered biological hotspots, where scientists from the Philippines and the San Francisco Bay Area discovered 300 new species.

The one-hour telecast highlighted the largest expedition of the California Academy of Sciences (CAS), a state-of-the-art natural history museum with an aquarium and planetarium.  CAS chose the Philippines as the country was believed to be the “center of the center” of global biodiversity.  In partnership with the Philippine Consulate General in San Francisco, the Department of Tourism, Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, De La Salle University, National Museum of the Philippines, Siliman University, University of the Philippines, University of Batangas, and local officials from the Philippines, the expedition made ground-breaking developments and discoveries, and  recommended new protected areas for the preservation of the Philippines’ ecosystem.

Consul General Marciano A. Paynor, Jr. remarked: “This video presentation left me with a greater appreciation of the richness of our country.  I encourage our Kababayans to watch, promote and share this telecast with friends and family to discover the immense biodiversity of animal and plant life in the Philippines.  Special thanks go to ABC7 KGO-TV, the California Academy of Sciences, PUSOD, and other partners for producing this great adventure.”

The telecast is available on-line at http://abclocal.go.com/kgo/video?id=8404396 (or visit http://abclocal.go.com/kgo/index, click “get more videos,” then click “ABC7 Special: Reefs to Rainforests --- The Great Expedition”) where viewers will witness the beauty and challenges of one of the most spectacular ecosystems found in the Philippines.  The primetime special will also highlight how aquarium biologists maintain environmentally sustainable exhibits, including a living model of a Philippine coral reef at the California Academy of Sciences.