Buhay is the Filipino word for life or living. Ilang is the word for wilderness. Together, buhay-ilang is wildlife. Buhay-ilang Research, Education and Conservation is a non-stock non-profit organization aimed at studying and protecting the wildlife of the Philippines.
To deepen our understanding of the biology, systematics, biogeography, natural history, and ecology, as well as the conservation of Philippine wildlife and their natural habitat through the development and implementation of research, conservation, and education programs.
To implement specific conservation activities for short or long-term duration, in Key Biodiversity Areas and/or on specifically targeted species of Philippine fauna
To study Philippine wildlife and its habitat
To educate, and raise the appreciation of nature among, the general Filipino population, through hands-on courses as well as online presence
To train teachers, conservationists, and other interested parties in wildlife research and conservation
To complement and augment the Philippine education system on wildlife and nature conservation
Willem van de Ven
An avid bird watcher and crocodile catcher, Willem has been with Buhay-ilang since its conception. Starting out as a Master's student in the Philippines over 10 years ago, he basically just never left, and has been with several other groups and orgs before starting his own with Buhay-ilang