Close encounter with Kalibasib
When the Tamaraw Gene Pool Farm (GPF) was established in 1980 in Manoot, Rizal in the province of Occidental Mindoro, its main purpose was to serve as an ex-situ (off-site) breeding facility for the tamaraw (Bubalus mindorensis). The captive breeding program, however, proved to be an almost barren attempt. From 20 captured heads, only one tamaraw was produced – “Kalibasib”, an acronym for “Kalikasan Bagong Sibol” (nature newly sprung), born on June 24, 1999. At present, “Kali”, as he is more fondly known, lives alone in the facility since his mother “Mimi” died of old age in August 2011.
Brgy. Manoot, Rizal, Occidental Mindoro
Tel.: (043) 711-0140