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Palawan Wildlife Rescue and Conservation Center

Formerly known as the Crocodile Farm and Nature Park, it serves as the sanctuary of the Philippine Crocodile that is endemic to the country.  The Philippine Crocodile is currently included in the endangered species list and the conservation center is making ways to increase the number of the species.  Aside from crocodiles, the center takes care of other animals like ostriches and endemic to the island of Palawan like the bearcat. 

Palawan Wildlife Rescue is located south of the Puerto Princesa city center.  One has to take a ride of about 30 minutes to the rural south of the city and is a few minutes from the Iwahig Penal Farm.  One may hire a jeepney or multicab to bring them to the park which is far off for tricycles to reach.   City tour packages regularly include the park in their itinerary. 

At the entrance of the park, a signage of the Palawan Wildlife Rescue and Conservation Center meets the guests.  Behind it is a mini reservoir for the park and a water tank which are surrounded by an oval roadway.   The mini reservoir is located just in front of the main building. 


At the main hall of the main building, a skeleton of a huge sea water crocodile is encased in a glass chest.  And on the wall beside it hangs the skin of the said crocodile.  This crocodile was caught somewhere in island and was killed after it devoured a child.    This remains of the crocodile showcases how big salt water crocodiles can grow. 

Aside from the giant crocodile remains, a skeleton of a Sperm Whale is also displayed near the crocodile encasing.  The skeleton was retrieved from a dead whale found on the shores of Puerto Princesa.  Also within the building is a small museum about crocodiles and other fossils. 


A few meters from main hall, is the Hatchling House.   Here, crocodiles are taken cared by the conservation center and are segregated into different levels of maturity from egg to a few months old.   The hatchling house has a main walkway in the middle where visitors are allowed to pass through the building.  On each side of the path walk are dozens of white basins that contain upto about 20 crocodile hatchlings.  The further into the building, the older crocodile hatchlings are contained.    There is a warning on guests to not extend any body part into the basins as the baby crocs snap and sometimes leap from the basin. 


Next to the Hatchling house is a concrete cage for the older crocodiles.  Above the crocodile den is a metal path walk where guests may walk over the dens to the other end.  The den is divided into sections where some sections contain the huge salt water crocodiles that are already growing moss on their backs.  Then, there are two larger sections that contain dozens of smaller adult crocodiles.  

After the crocodile dens, visitors are also allowed to view other animals that the center have rescued or conserving.  There are pens for ostriches, cages for Philippine cockatoos and bearcats. 


Guests are also treated to an opportunity to have pictures taken with the crocodiles that the center is conserving.  For a small fee of Php 35 (less than US$ 1),  one may take hold of a baby crocodile and have their picture taken. 

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