PH114
Mount Dajo National Park


Year of compilation: 2001

Site description
Jolo (= Sulu) is the largest of the Sulu Islands. It has been reported to be almost entirely deforested, but recent observations from the air indicate that the numerous steep ridges on the island retain some forest cover. Some open forest certainly remains in Mt Dajo National Park, which includes the largest mountain on the island. The paucity of recent information on the birds and habitats of Jolo is a result of the political instability there, which has prevented any biological survey work.

Key biodiversity
Several of the threatened and restricted-range species of the Sulu archipelago Endemic Bird Area were recorded on Jolo in the past, but there is no recent information on their status there. The forests in Mt Dajo National Park, and possibly elsewhere on the island, are likely to support populations of some of these birds.

Conservation responses/actions for key biodiversity
Surveys are required in this IBA, to establish both the extent and quality of the remaining habitats there and the current status of the threatened and restricted-range birds and other biodiversity

Protected areas
Mt Dajo National Park (213 ha) was declared by Proclamation No. 261 on 28 February 1938.

Habitat and land use
Jolo (= Sulu) is the largest of the Sulu Islands. It has been reported to be almost entirely deforested, but recent observations from the air indicate that the numerous steep ridges on the island retain some forest cover. Some open forest certainly remains in Mt Dajo National Park, which includes the largest mountain on the island.


Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2019) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Mount Dajo National Park. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 05/12/2019.