Agusan Marsh Wildlife Sanctuary
|Year of Declaration:||2018|
|Area and Location:||
It is located in the Northeastern Mindanao, Province of Agusan del Sur and covers six (6) municipalities and thirty-eight (38) barangays.
It is the largest and least disturbed freshwater wetland in the country. The marsh plays an important ecological role in Caraga Region and has acomplex network of marshes, rivers, lakes and ponds.
Freshwater wetland with complex network of lakes, rivers, marsh and ponds
Sixteen (16) of the vascular plant species are endemic to the
Sixty-seven (67) bird species are endemic to the Philippines, forty-eight (48) are endemic to Mindanao while 10 are threatened species. Egretta sacra (Pacific Reef Heron - Black Phase) was discovered at Lake Panlabuhan during the wetlands tour in celebration of the World Wetlands Day 2017. Thirty-four reptiles endemic to the Philippines and 11 are endemics.
|Ecotourism Destination and Activities:||
There are eleven priority ecotourism sites ( identified in Agusan Marsh Wildlife Sanctuary, recognized for its uniqueness, aesthetic and cultural value. These sites are
• 53 species of reptiles including two turtle species
• 2 crocodile species
• 7 geckos, six Agamid lizards
• 19 sp of skink
• 1 monitor lizard
• 16 sp of snakes.
• A total of 197 bird species have been recorded in Agusan Marsh Wildlife Sanctuary.
• 197 bird species;
• 240 species of vascular plants were collected and identified