Lohwana Halaq

Women in Wildlife I Eagle Trainer I Primatologist

Lohwana Halaq is an animal keeper and eagle trainer with the Philippine Eagle Foundation – the only breeding and rehabilitation facility in the world for the critically endangered Philippine eagle species.

She is a Canadian Filipina primatologist (anthropology) from the University of Calgary [Canada] with a passion for animals that has guided her travels around the world beginning in North America, to the Belizean forests of Central America, and now in the forest jungles of Southeast Asia.

Lohwana emigrated to the Philippines to work specifically in Philippine Eagle conservation and represents the only woman in the department of the Conservation Breeding Program at the Philippine Eagle Center.

Lohwana has become an ambassador representative for the Women in Wildlife Organization, which aims to amplify and connect women working worldwide in the wildlife industry. Her hope for future generations and those that are a part of this generation who come to read this is: “to believe in your potential, support your fellow woman and revel in their accomplishments as much as your own. We all deserve to be acknowledged.” 


1. What’s your biggest achievement / Something you’re proud of yourself for?

“Knowing my self-worth, knowing who I am and what is important to me in life is what I am proud of.  My biggest achievement would be my education. Not everyone is blessed with the same opportunity to receive a formal education, especially for women and girls around the world. I am grateful for that in my life. I am an advocate for a gender-equitable education system that will empower women and girls, give them choices, and the ability to pursue their dreams and turn them into reality.

2. What’s your biggest fear / something that holds you back?

Fear would be the Philippine eagle species going extinct within my lifetime. Something that holds me back would be staying in a place that I have outgrown where I am no longer happy, valued, or appreciated.

3. What’s your biggest contribution / Something you like to share?

“Actively contributing to the next generation of the critically endangered Philippine eagle species via Philippine Eagle Foundation’s conservation breeding program. There is an estimate of fewer than 1000 individuals alive in the wild today. Being a part of this mission to save this species from going extinct has taught me to be resilient, strong, and hopeful.”

4. Fun Facts:

“Became the first woman in history to flight train the Philippine eagle species.”

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