A Close Encounter with Kalibasib: The Tamaraw of Occidental Mindoro

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In the heart of Occidental Mindoro, nestled amid the tranquil landscapes of Manoot, Rizal, lies a sanctuary with a mission: to safeguard one of the Philippines’ most endangered and iconic species—the tamaraw (Bubalus mindorensis). The Tamaraw Gene Pool Farm (GPF), established in 1980, originally aimed to serve as a safe haven for tamaraws, offering hope for their population’s revival. However, this endeavor proved to be a formidable challenge. Out of the initial 20 tamaraws captured, only one emerged from the program— “Kalibasib,” lovingly called “Kali,” born on June 24, 1999. Today, Kali stands alone as a symbol of hope and resilience, having lived in solitude since his mother, “Mimi,” passed away in August 2011.

Kali's Story


Kali’s name, derived from “Kalikasan Bagong Sibol,” which translates to “nature newly sprung,” holds deep meaning. Born against all odds, Kali embodies the unwavering vitality of nature. His journey, from being the sole survivor of the breeding program to becoming a beacon of tamaraw conservation, is both inspirational and heartwarming.

Tamaraws are a unique species found nowhere else but in the Philippines, making their preservation of paramount importance. With their numbers dwindling due to habitat loss and hunting, sanctuaries like the Tamaraw GPF are critical for their survival.

An Up-Close Experience

a close encounter with kalibasib
Lumipad ang aming team

A visit to the Tamaraw GPF offers a remarkable opportunity for an up-close encounter with Kali and a chance to learn about the conservation efforts dedicated to saving this critically endangered species. Situated in Barangay Manoot, Rizal, Occidental Mindoro, the farm welcomes the public and provides educational programs and guided tours.

The committed team at the farm works tirelessly to ensure Kali’s well-being and to raise awareness about the challenges facing this species in the wild. Visitors can observe Kali in his natural habitat and gain insights into the plight of tamaraws.

How to Get in Touch

If you’re eager to embark on a memorable journey to meet Kali and deepen your understanding of tamaraw conservation, here are the farm’s contact details:

When packing for your trip, you might want to consider the following items:

  1. Face mask
  2. Tumbler to stay hydrated
  3. Remember to bring sunscreen
  4. Backpack
  5. Selfie stick for you great photos
  6. Action Cam
  7. Powerbank

Meeting Kali and visiting the Tamaraw Gene Pool Farm offers more than just a chance to witness the beauty of this extraordinary creature—it’s an opportunity to contribute to their conservation. By supporting initiatives like the GPF, we can collectively work towards ensuring that the tamaraw, a living treasure of the Philippines, continues to thrive and inspire generations to come.

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Lorence Laudenio

Lorence is an IT grad who loves to travel. He shares tech updates, trends, and his travel journey, aiming to inspire others by blending his passions.

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