Wednesday, September 30, 2009

A croc's life

 


If you'd like to have a cup of coffee with a view of a pit with over 200 crocodiles, check out Croco Cafe at the Zoobic Safari in Subic. Watch the lethargic crocodiles snap away a dressed chicken from a fishing pole.  There is a water-level glass observation area where you can see the crocs eye-to-eye.

These are Philippine crocodiles, also known as the Mindoro crocodile (Crocodylus mindorensis), a freshwater crocodile  endemic to the Philippines.   Philippine crocodiles are small, growing no more than 3 meters.  And they say this species is not aggressive---would  you wade in the water and bond with these reptiles?  Not me.

This species is critically endangered  due to exploitation and loss of habitat.  Conservation methods are being undertaken and it is now illegal to kill a crocodile.



























































glass observation area

Posted for Watery Wednesday and Outdoor Wednesday

20 comments:

xinex said...

I lived in the Philiipines for 21 years and have never seen this. Very fascinating!...Christine

Alicia said...

Wow, even thought they look very scary they also seem so beautiful. Thanks for sharing such great pictures and all the information. Please stop by and say hello. I'm going to follow :-)

Kirigalpoththa said...

Fascinating place!

J Bar said...

Cool shots.
Sydney - City and Suburbs

Allison said...

Awesome! This looks like just the place for me =)

Claudie said...

Not too fond of crocks, but I do like them on my feet lol
I adore Fritz. What kind is he?
Happy OW from Canada
Love Claudie
xo

Kammy said...

Them guys look scary......LOL !
Kammy

Cathy said...

I never knew there were crocodiles in the Philipines. The last two look very well fed lol

Your EG Tour Guide said...

Hmmm. Maybe they are smaller than OTHER crocodiles, but three metres does not sund small to me. They sound scary!

Sidney said...

It is about time we protect our environment.
They are surely NOT my first choice as pet animals but they deserve the protection !

Vita Stunder said...

What a place! :)
Great shots!
But I guess I would have been a bit afraid ;)

Have a great day!
Anna

Jim said...

Hi Luna, I stopped here first on my way to your RT post and wanted to return. Those guys look friendly, they always do. I wouldn't want even a friendly bite though, would you?
They have more pointed noses like our Southern alligators here in the States. We were endangering them too. So we banned hunting (or fishing) of them. Now they are almost a menace and hunting is allowed.
Hunting isn't done with a gun. They are 'caught' and somehow slaughtered. I have eaten fried alligator, it was a little tough to chew. I don't need any more.
I am wondering if you eat yours?
..

Terry said...

I sure wouln't want to wade with the crocks, but I would like to sit there with you...Of course I would have tea instead of coffee. Loved your post.

Karen at Nittany Inspirations said...

Yipes, those are scary.

Mary said...

What a fascinating post. I'd really love to visit this place. I hope you are having a wonderful day.

LV said...

I enjoyed your presentation on the crocodiles, but I thing I will pass on a visit to see them. I have never cared for them. Happy you stooped by today.

Ms. Bake-it said...

That's a whole lotta crocs! What an interesting place. They are quite different than the ones I see here in Florida. The main difference is in their snouts.

Thank you for the tour of Croco Cafe!

~ Tracy

Photo Cache said...

Not too fond of crocs either, but I thought the concept of the restaurant is pretty neat. It's amazing all these wonderful themed cafes and restaurant popping up everywhere isn't it?

Jeanne Selep said...

Nice blog. Miranda is my daughters name. It's a great name.

Babooshka said...

That's a scary set of images. Excellent captures.