Cebu black shama (Copsychus cebuensis) conservation project
Philip Godfrey Jakosalem
The endangered Black Shama (Copsycus cebuensis), endemic to Cebu Island, Philippines, survives in at least nine forest fragments with forest cover ranging from 30 to 1,200 hectares (Jakosalem et al., 2005), where most fragments were badly degraded and surrounded by farms.
To define the boundaries of the proposed wildlife sanctuary, we will determine the species’ home range and extent of habitat use. Information generated would be critical in identifying key forest habitats for protection and habitat rehabilitation. An environmental education campaign will be launched in schools and forest communities, and workshops conducted with stakeholders will help draw up a conservation action plan for the Black Shama.