PH has 7,000 crocodiles with nowhere to go, says DENR chief

ABS-CBNNews.com, quoting Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretary Ramon Paje, reports that "a 24-year-old captive breeding program in the country has produced about 7,000 Philippine crocodiles and saltwater crocodiles, but they have nowhere to go."

ABS-CBNNews.com, quoting Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretary Ramon Paje, reports that "a 24-year-old captive breeding program in the country has produced about 7,000 Philippine crocodiles and saltwater crocodiles, but they have nowhere to go."

 

The report said that releasing the crocodiles into rivers and marshes "would ideally lead to the delisting of the Philippine crocodile (Crocodylus mindorensis) from the country’s roster of "critically endangered" species.

 

"The problem is, we cannot delist it yet because the rules say you can only delist from the endangered species list if it’s already surviving in its natural habitat," Paje explained. "There is no mayor anywhere in the Philippines who would allow the release of crocodiles in his municipality."

 

In fact, DENR has been threatened with lawsuits over such planned releases. Paje disclosed that local officials expressed concern that the reptiles could attack people.

 

This is certainly the case with Lolong, the 21-foot saltwater crocodile captured in Agusan del Sur earlier this month.

 

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