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Endangered Birds Moved to Safer Ground

July 4, 1988

DAVAO CITY, Philippines (AP) _ Conservationists moved 10 captive Philippine eagles to safer ground after fighting between government forces and rebels raged near a camp established to save the species.

″It made common sense to move although we might be sacrificing the breeding cycle for 1988,″ said Ronald Kruppa, a consultant to the Philippine Eagle Conservation Program.

Kruppa, of Northbrook, Ill., said the eagles were moved Saturday after at least 12 explosions near the breeding camp, which Kruppa established in 1977.

The explosions were from artillery fired by government forces at hideouts of communist rebels.

Kruppa moved the breeding camp closer to Davao City from the foothills of Mount Apo, about 20 miles from Davao City and 600 miles southeast of Manila. The eagle is found only in the Philippines and conservationists estimate there are only 300 of the species left.

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