Philippine crocodile News

- In September, 2012 -

In Philippines, the 3 nests that had been identified last June by our partner Mabuwaya in the village of Cadsalan and protected by villagers, have all hatched successfully last summer. In total, 38 crocodiles came out of their egg in only one week.

Community sanctuary guard catching hatchlings to raise them in captivity and then to re-introduce them in the wild (© Mabuwaya)

- In July, 2012 -

Concrete repercussion of the meeting of the Crocodile Specialist Group in Manila

Last May, the The Explorers Foundation and Lacoste delegations participated in the Crocodile Specialist Group meeting in Manila (cf The Explorers Foundation’s Newsletter n°13 May-June). This participation was a first and gave a particular dimension to the event. The meeting work, such as Mabuwaya’s scientific analysis accompanied with media coverage brought attention to the threats on the Philippine Crocodile. Lacoste interviews in local press also contributed to this awareness improvement. As a consequence the Philippine Senate adopted a resolution requesting for an inquiry in aid of strengthening laws protecting crocodiles in the Philippines. A very good news for the Philippine Crocodile!

Philippine Crocodile Hatchling (© Mabuwaya)

- In May, 2012 -

Visit of the Philippine crocodile project

Last May, Bernard Limal and Antoine Cadi presented last results of the Philippine crocodile conservation project to a delegation led by Michel Lacoste, in the Province of Isabela, Philippines. They have been warmly welcomed by Mabuwaya foundation who organized an action-packed 4-days-long trip: mini-summit on Philippine crocodile conservation issues, visit of the rearing station, meeting with the villagers of Dunoy, release of crocodiles and visit of the reforestation site. During this trip, the delegation could note the relevance and the effectiveness of Mabuwaya activities that are supported by the The Explorers Foundation thanks to Lacoste sponsorship.

Release of crocodiles by Mabuwaya, Dunoy villagers and the The Explorers Foundation and Lacoste delegations (© The Explorers Foundation)

- In April, 2012 -

Reward for crocodile protection

Last month, Mabuwaya foundation visited the village of Dicatian, Divilacan municipality, North-east of Philippine. A festive meeting with villagers was the opportunity to assess local conservation effort for 2011: monitoring results showed the presence of at least 10 crocodiles in the area. In accordance with its conservation reward program, Mabuwaya gave 10 000 Philippine pesos (around 165€) to the village fund. Some villagers were thinking of using the money to repair their solar power battery charger.

Mabuwaya meeting in Dicatian (Source : Mabuwaya)

- In March, 2012 -

Young Philippine crocodile back to the wild

At the beginning of this year, one juvenile Philippine crocodile was released back into the wild in Narra lake by Mabuwaya association. It had spent the first part of his life in the breeding centre of the municipality of San Mariano.

- In November, 2011 -

Philippine crocodile stamps issued in favor of Philippines crocodile conservation

The Philippine Postal Corporation and WWF issued a special series of stamps featuring the Philippine crocodile. Mabuwaya was asked to provide the text and additional Philippine crocodile pictures for this special series. It is hoped that these stamps will increase awareness on the plight of the Philippine crocodile and contribute to a more generalized acceptance of the species. Special issues of the stamps may be purchased from the Mabuwaya Foundation website:

- In October, 2011 -

New Philippine crocodile project started!

A new project to conserve the critically endangered Philippine crocodile is now well on its way in Isabela Province in northern Philippines. The project is funded by Lacoste through The Explorers Foundation and Save your Logo and is implemented by the Mabuwaya Foundation. The name Mabuwaya is a contraction of the Filipino words Mabuhay (Long Live!) and Buwaya (the Crocodile). Mabuwaya started to study and conserve the Philippine crocodile in 1999 when a very small “forgotten” population of this rare species was discovered in Isabela Province in Northeast Luzon. Since then good progress has been made in Philippine crocodile conservation but the species remains very rare and is still on the brink of extinction in the wild.

Introducing the Mabuwaya Foundation team

The Mabuwaya Foundation team consists of a group of young enthusiastic professionals whose aim it is to protect the Philippine crocodile. From left to right: Tess Balbas (Community organizer and deputy director); Dominic Rodriguez (Conservation manager of the northern Philippine crocodile population in San Mariano); Sam Telan (Conservation manager of the southern Philippine crocodile population in San Mariano); Wilda Calapoto (Financial and Admin manager); Willem van de Ven (Researcher); Arnold Macadangdang (Fieldwork manager); Jessie Guerrero (Conservation manager of the coastal Philippine crocodile population in Isabela Province). Not on the picture: Roberto Araño (President Mabuwaya Board); Myrna Cureg (Vice-President Mabuwaya Board); Jan van der Ploeg (Project Adviser); Merlijn van Weerd (Director, took the photo)

Photo legend: The field team of the Mabuwaya Foundation (photo by Merlijn van Weerd)

Reintroduction of Philippine crocodiles into the wild

The Mabuwaya Foundation collects Philippine crocodile hatchlings from nests in the wild to raise them under protected circumstances for a period of two years, after which they will be released back into their natural habitat. This greatly increases their chances of survival. On September 24, 2011, 10 juvenile Philippine crocodiles were released back into the wild in the municipality of San Mariano in Isabela Province, within a crocodile management area. The Mabuwaya Foundation will monitor the survival and movements of these crocodiles, together with local community members.