Monday, November 26, 2007

Buwaya



The photos above were taken during my trip to the Crocodile Farm and Nature Park in Puerto Princesa, Palawan. Located in Barangay Irawan, the farm is a joint venture between the Philippine and Japanese governments. The idea is to breed the animals in captivity and eventually harvest them for the meat, skin, and whatever a crocodile has that is valuable. There is a fifteen minute film-showing followed by a tour around the area where you can see the crocodiles in various age. You can even hold a young crocodile for posterity for just a minimum fee. The museum needed a little work done on its displays, but it did have the skeletal remains of the largest crocodile caught in the Philippines.



Crocodiles are feared for their ugly and scary appearance but the fact remains that they are very useful animals. Their skin (known as hide) are used to make bags, belts, shoes, wallets, purses, clothes and other accessories. Their skeletons and bones are used as jewelries and other souvenir items. While crocodile meat has found itself in specialty restaurants all over the world.

Now, if only their counterparts in the Government could be that useful.

11 comments:

  1. The crocs must be annoyed by the stereotypes. Imagine ipangalan ba naman sila sa mga corrupt pa politician. Nakakainis yun.

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  2. I have been to a crocodile farm before somewhere in Dumaguete and was amazed of how we tought that crocodiles are fearsome. I learned that they are more scared than us that we are of them.

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  3. @ tina - oo nga no? wala sila kasi kabusugan hehehe.

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  4. @ yan - thanx for the visit. so, we better not throw anything at them or else... lol.

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  5. @ eric - really? kahit na siguro, ayoko pa rin lumapit sa kanila. yung paghawak ko nga sa baby crocodile dare lang sakin eh. thnx for the visit.

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  6. Indeed,a funny sign!
    I really want to visit Palawan. Hopefully next year...

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  7. How often do you travel? may day job ka naman diba? Nakapunta na ako dyan dati, may picture din akong may hawak na buwaya.

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  8. @ sidney - yeah you wont regret it.

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  9. @ abad - siguro at least once every two months o kaya basta may nakita or nasilip ako na long weekend.

    yup, may day job naman ako kaya may panggastos kahit papaano.

    enjoy lang talaga travel and nature.

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  10. hi! Nice shots!

    I'm from Mexico, Pampanga and I really appreciate our church's pix posted on the web.

    You should taste our special cookies only in Mexico. They're called San Nicolas.

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