By ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity

With photo contributions from DENR-BMB

Mount Apo Natural Park

A dormant volcano with hundreds of sulphur vents on its upper slopes, Mt. Apo is the highest mountain in the Philippines at 3,143.6 metres.


The Park measures 54,974 hectares with a buffer zone of 9,078 hectares, and is located in the Province of Cotabato, Kidapawan City and Municipalities of Makilala and Magpet in Region 12; and Municipalities of Bansalan and Sta. Cruz and City of Digos, Province of Davao del Sur and the City of Davao in Region 12.

Water source, Mount Apo Natural Park, 2013, From the collection of: ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity
One of Mt Apo's Peaks, DENR-BMB, From the collection of: ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity
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Philippine Eagle by DENR-BMBASEAN Centre for Biodiversity

It is known as the last stronghold of the remaining population of the rare and endangered Philippine eagle (Pithecophaga jefferyi).

Lake Maag by DENR-BMBASEAN Centre for Biodiversity

Mount Apo Natural Park is an important watershed and one of the Key Biodiversity Areas in the Philippines.

Tarictic hornbill (2013) by Mount Apo Natural ParkASEAN Centre for Biodiversity

The Wildlife

Philippine eagle; Abukay (Cacatua haematopygia); Mindoro scops owl (Otus mirus); Lesser eagle owl (Mimizu kugurneyi); Mindanao lorikeet (Tricoglosus johnstoniae); Writhed hornbill (Aceros leucocephalus); and Philippine brown deer (Cervus marianusapoensis).

Mount Apo Peak Facing Sibulan Davao del Sur by Rhonson NgASEAN Centre for Biodiversity

Several indigeneous  groups live at the lower slopes of the mountain: the Obo, Tagabawa, Matigsalug, Ata, Arumanen, Tinananen, Kulamanen, Tagakaulo. These groups consider the mountain as sacred ground and their ancestral domain.

Tinikaran Trees by DENR-BMBASEAN Centre for Biodiversity

Learn more about Mount Apo Natural Park

AHP logo by ACBASEAN Centre for Biodiversity

ASEAN Heritage Parks

ASEAN Heritage Parks (AHPs) are protected areas of high conservation importance that provide valuable contributions to safeguarding ecosystems and biodiversity. 

AHPs provide a window to the world, showcasing a wealth of biodiversity that is uniquely ASEAN.

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