Considering its small size, Camiguin Island supports a great diversity of fauna. Three species which occur here, including the Camiguin forest rat, can be found nowhere else in the world. As such, the island is considered a priority site for conservation (4). Conservation of the island’s habitats will not only benefit the flora and fauna, but also the people that live there, who rely on the natural resources the island provides (4).
The TimboongHibok-hibok Natural Monumentwas established to protect the remaining upland areas of forest on the island, which will help protect the Camiguin forest rat (1). However, further measures are required, such as increasing efforts to protect existing forests, and the continuation and expansion of reforestation projects, using only native trees (4).