The Philippine Crocodile

Philippine Crocodile Crocodylus mindorensis Saltwater porosus Freshwater Crocs Population Habitat Death Species Location Meat Size LengthThe Philippine crocodile is one of the twenty three species of crocodilians (Crocodiles, Alligators and Gharials) in the World. It is a medium-sized freshwater crocodilian. The Philippine crocodile is endemic to the Philippine islands, which means it is not found anywhere else in the World. Its closest relative is the New Guinea Crocodile (Crocodylus novaeguineae) of which it was long thought to be a sub-species. There are two species of crocodiles in the Philippines: in addition to the endemic Philippine crocodile (Crocodylus mindorensis) there is also the Saltwater crocodile (Crocodylus porosus). The Philippine crocodile is now very rare and its wild population is extremely limited both in distribution and population size. Probably the only localities with viable sub-populations are found in Ligawasan Marsh in Southwestern Mindanao, the foothills of the Northern Sierra Madre in Continue reading

Kitsie’s Crocodiles Nature Park in Botolan

Kitsies Crocodiles ParkKitsie’s Crocodiles is a Nature Park dedicated to the care of endangered species of animals found in the Philippines, particularly crocodilians. It nurtures and cares for Crocodylus mindorensis, a freshwater Philippine crocodile, and for Crocodylus porosus, a saltwater crocodilian commonly found in Australia, Papua New Guinea, and many countries of Asia. Aside from crocodiles, the Park at the moment also cares for civet cats and reptiles (including pythons, iguanas, and monitor lizards). It also maintains a small aviary that includes lovebirds, parakeets, parrots, pigeons and hawks. All these animals are housed separately in suitable ponds or cages, with efforts to simulate aspects of their habitat that can be replicated in captivity. Continue reading