Lolong was named after a Palawan crocodile hunter Ernesto “Lolong” Coñate, who reportedly died of a heart attack prior to the capture of the largest crocodile in the world.
People from nearby towns are now trooping to Lolong’s eco-park after the Palawan Wildlife and Conservation Center finally gave a go signal to open it to the public last Saturday, September 17. The eco-park has a P20 pesos entrance fee for adults and P15 for children. These proceeds will be used to buy for Lolong’s food and for the maintenance of the eco-park.
Lolong is not yet the official biggest crocodile in captivity as the Guiness World Records said it will not measure Lolong until it was in “acceptable captivity.” Last week, they declared an Australian crocodile measuring just under 5.5 meters as the biggest in captivity. Lolong measures around 6.4 meters.
According to Bunawan Mayor Edwin Elorde, some staff from the Guiness World of Records are set to visit Lolong any time this month to officially measure the giant crocodile if he is indeed the world’s biggest crocodile in captivity.
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