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Enrique ‚Bembot’ Sanchez, Dr. Veterinary Medicine,

 Wildlife Enthusiast and keen Observer
 

 DVM Enrique Sanchez

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Dr. Enrique Sanchez Jr.
President of Philincon
and Veterinary Consultant of PanayCon (former PESCP)

Mag-aba
Pandan, Antique
Philippines

E-mail: edssanchezjr@gmail.com
or via philincon.panaycon@gmail.com
Tel.: +63-(0)36-2789375 and +63-(0)36-2789379

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More about the rescue facilities under Dr. Sanchez´ care: see our page about PanayCon wildlife rescue


Dr. Enrique ‘Bembot’ Sanchez, animal lover, rescuer of native wildlife of Panay and keen observer, has become President of the new NGO Philincon (Philippine Initiative for Conservation of environment and the People, Inc.) that strives at a balance between nature and people dependent on a healthy environment.  Under its umbrella the integrated conservation project PanayCon (Panay Eco-Social Conservation Project), the successor of the widely known PESCP, has been erected.  With its current stronghold in the rehabilitation and release of endangered wildlife species the PanayCon depends crucially on enthusiastic helpers like Bembot who had already served as Veterinary Consultant of the PESCP that had fallen into ashes due to irresponsible dealings of people at the top. By a strike of good luck the founder of the PESCP, Prof. Curio, had run into Bembot and his expertise early on (1995) and had needed no persuasion to make him join the staff of the Reha and Release segment of the project that still stands its ground in spite of the adversities that had afflicted PESCP shortly before disaster struck in 2010.  It is therefore no chance coincidence that Bembot, together with concerned previous staff and further environment-minded countrymen, erstablished Philincon in 2010.

Upon joining the upper ranks of the project Bembot had soon become a dedicated wildlife veterinarian supporting the rehabilitation and subsequent release back into the wild of endangered and not so endangered reptile (Mabitang = Panay Monitor Lizard), bird and mammal species admitted to the project’s three rescue facilities. One of these is situated in Mag-aba (Municipality of Pandan), on Bembot and his family’s farm, where the project was generously allowed to soon erect maintenance and flight exercise cages to the benefit of sick and / or injured wildlife, or those that had been confiscated from private premises or donated. The maintenance of all this wildlife in the said facilities is taken care of by four caretakers supervised by Bembot. To enable him to do first class work Bembot had been sent abroad earlier to colleagues in Cologne Zoo (Germany) to become abreast with the most up to date tools of vet medicine, had received time and again equipment for research and diagnosis through the hands of Prof. Curio and soon struck a successful balance between earning his ‘bread and butter’ as a vet in a rural setting in and around Pandan and yet also rendering his indispensable services to the PESCP and now its successor PanayCon.

For Bembot maintaining wild animals in good health and preparing them for release back into the wild is not just a job as is the daily routine of their jobs for most people, no, he indulges work with animals. And this lies at the root of his being a keen observer with sharp powers of observation. To give just one example of this rare gift: When releasing a Changeable Hawk-Eagle from narrow living quarters into the large flight cage for exercising sustained power flight he noticed the following to happen. Right upon release into the large training cage the eagle, after having flown a few rounds, landed on a branch with an unpleasantly audible noise and was gasping for air. A few days later Bembot noticed that the eagle had acquired already so much exercise that his landing on a perch could no longer be heard and his breathing had become indistinguishable from an eagle in the wild, there was no longer any gasping. How many vets would have noticed these – sometimes – subtle differences between a debilitated, unfit animal and one in best shape, ready to be released into the wild with all its hardships? You can bet that even seasoned animal caretakers would overlook such behaviour subtleties that are though crucial for a successful release. Only dedicated lovers of animals with a keen sense for their well-being look closely enough to make ex situ conservation become a success story. 

 
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Panay Eco-Social Conservation Project  -  Conservation Biology Unit, Ruhr-University Bochum
Last amendment: 15 April 2014