One lazy Sunday afternoon when I had nothing to do, I invited my sister in law along with her mom and my nephew to take a stroll not far away from home in Talisay City, Cebu, Philippines. My one-year old nephew enjoys being around animals so I suggested we bring him to Crocolandia at barangay Biasong, Talisay City, Cebu, Philippines.
|Crocolandia in Talisay City, Cebu, Philippines|
Crocolandia is a conservation park, the first of its kind in Central Visayas. It promotes the importance of protecting the rich biodiversity of the Philippines. They do this through animal interaction and various educational programs.
Fees at Crocolandia
Adults are charged an entrance fee of PhP 100 upon entry into Crocolandia. Kids pay half the price at PhP 50. Donations are also welcome. When you want to watch a crocodile being fed chicken at anytime during the week, pay up another PhP 100 for every chicken that is fed to a crocodile.
Crocodiles are the main attraction at Crocolandia. The kinds of crocodiles at Crocolandia include the spectacled caiman, the Philippine freshwater crocodile, and the Indo-Pacific crocodile. Caimans are not true crocodiles and are more closely related to alligators. The Philippine freshwater crocodile is a critically-endangered species and is the most severely threatened species of crocodiles. The Indo-Pacific crocodile is the largest of all living reptiles, and it is also the largest terrestrial and riparian predator in the world. Lapu-lapu, the largest crocodile in the park is an Indo-Pacific crocodile that is more than 15 feet in length, weighs more than 1,000 kilograms, and has been living for more than 50 years.
|Lapu-lapu, largest crocodile at Crocolandia in Talisay City, Cebu, Philippines|
Crocolandia used to breed crocodiles in the park. They have since stopped the breeding since they currently have a lot of young crocodiles to take care of.
Should you wish to see a crocodile fed with chicken, you can pay for the chicken and let one of the staff feed it to one of the crocodiles. On Sundays at around 4 p.m., staff also publicly feeds Lapu-lapu, the largest crocodile in the park with one chicken.
Crocolandia also features other animals such as birds, mammals, and other reptiles. Many of these animals are already considered endangered species.
Crocolandia also feature several birds at the park. These includes the large-billed crow, Philippine hawk-owl, Philippine scops-owl, blue-naped parrot, Asian hill myna, colasisi, writhed hornbill, Palawan hornbill, rufous hornbill, Tarictic hornbill, umbrella cockatoo, Philippine cockatoo, eclectus parrot, common koel, Nicobar pigeon, brahminy kite, Philippine hawk-eagle, Palawan pheasant peafowl, golden pheasant, Indian peafowl, ostrich, Luzon bleeding heart, Philippine duck, and rufous night heron.
|Indian peafowl at Crocolandia in Talisay City, Cebu, Philippines|
Mammals at the park are the Visayan warty pig, Philippine brown deer, Philippine tarsier, Palawan porcupine, Asian leopard cat, tarsier, Malayan civet, common palm civet, and Palawan bearcat.
|Palawan bearcat at Crocolandia in Talisay City, Cebu, Philippines|
|Philippine brown deer at Crocolandia in Talisay City, Cebu, Philippines|
Other reptiles at Crocolandia are the Burmese python, Sulcata tortoise, Radiata tortoise, Philippine sail-fin lizard, water monitor lizard, green iguana, Indian star tortoise, and the red-eared turtle. On Sundays, they let a tortoise interact with park visitors at around 3 p.m. and the same goes for a python at 3:30 p.m.
|Python at Crocolandia in Talisay City, Cebu, Philippines|
|Iguana at Crocolandia in Talisay City, Cebu, Philippines|