Thursday, July 12, 2012

Crocodiles in Palawan

When you speak of Palawan, they say that one of the things that a tourist must see 
is the Crocodile Farm. 
I did not want to see it.
I wasn't too thrilled about seeing crocodiles.
I loved Steve Irwin, the Crocodile hunter. I loved his shows. I was super sad when he died (seriously). 
But still . . . I never became a fan of crocodiles.

It was part of the City Tour we got. I had no choice.

The Wildlife Rescue and Conservation Center is at the southern part from town. We rented a van. Though this is accessible  by a jeepney or a tricycle which you can rent from town. This may take you roughly around half an hour.  

The tour is 40 pesos only

A real crocodile skin with the skeleton below. It is said to be very old that's why it died.
But rumor has it that they killed this creature because it ate a child.
So why did they not make the skin as a bag or shoes . . .  skin was too old. 

The nursery area. We were told that even if they're young, they aren't kittens and puppies where we can  pet them with our hands.
The young ones are called hatchlings. They are usually the leather bags, shoes, wallets and  food, 

There are two kinds of crocodiles in the Philippines. The saltwater and freshwater crocs. You'll see the difference here.

These are the adults . . . chillin'
They are nocturnal so they are asleep.
I can't tell the saltwater crocs from the freshwater ones . . . because we got busy with picture taking and the voice of the tour guide became just a buzzing sound to our ears.

A nature park after the croc farm

We wanted to see a porcupine but since we lost our tour guide, we did not attempt to even walk around fearing that a croc might be on the loose he he he

The protection act. Thanks for the info.

They said there were monkeys . . . I didn't see one so we just took a photo on this he he he

I couldn't understand our driver and the handler's pronunciation . . . I thought they said it was a meerkat. Funny, it didn't look like the meerkats I watch in Animal Planet.
Later I found out that it's a Palawan Bearcat. I feel sorry for this animal. It's nocturnal also but the locals are getting money from this by having them work for picture taking instead of making them sleep and rest.
The Bearcat is heavy and it is blind . . . I think at day. It likes to sniff and they're very heavy.
(You just give donations here)

What the heck! I took a photo with it. I feel sorry for the young croc too. Again, they should be resting and these people are making money out of it. But the experience was great. I love the skin. It really did felt like a leather bag.
It's 30 pesos for different poses.

I've been to this place several times but because I had friends and family who wanted to visit so I had no choice but to go with them.

Near the parking lot, there's a carinderia where the signage will get your attention.

They say it's healthy

A Swedish tourist who I guided to go here wanted to try the crocodile meat. I said no but she insisted. I didn't like crocodiles . . . what more to even eat them. 

Great, they had to put a croc around the plate which reminds you that you really are eating a croc

A very curious Louise :)

She took the first bite and when she didn't turn into anything, I got my bite.  

I had no choice when she ordered it and place a plate and rice in front of me. It was okay. A bit chewy. I really am not sure if it was really chewy or psychologically, it was hard for me to eat it and that I had to cover it with lots of rice.

We did not finish it and had to put it in a doggy bag.

This place is educational but there really are certain areas I am against at like the photo shoot with the Bearcat, the hatchling and eating the crocodile meat (which is a young croc)
I realized this after doing it that I am against it.



kala ko totoo yung mga crcodile dun sa first pic! ahahah =) nice post ann

hahahaha eh kung totoo yun, nakain na ako nun hahaha Thanks EJ. Like looking at your blogs too :)

I like the Crocodile Sisig Yummy did You taste it when you are in Palawan?

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