This Free Talk Lets You Get Up Close and Personal With Lolong

It's the first step towards saving our marine life.

(SPOT.ph) Aside from gorgeous white-sand beaches, the Philippines is also endowed with diverse marine life—from expansive coral reefs to whales and dolphins gliding through the waves, and crocodiles lurking around swamps. But irresponsible tourism and abusive fishing have resulted in the dwindling number of these animals.

To hopefully knock some sense into us, the National Museum of the Philippines invited experts to talk about the importance of environment conservation on October 1, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., at the newly opened National Museum of Natural History. Admission to Of Whales, Dolphins, and Crocodiles: Conservation on Land and at Sea is free.

Replica of Lolong, which was the largest saltwater crocodile in captivity before he died in 2013.
PHOTO BY Trickie Lopa
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Invited guests include two U.S. Fulbright Student Program Awardees, Joseph Brown from the Isabela State University and Tim Gardner from the National Museum of Natural History; and the National Museum's own senior museum researcher, Dr. Jo Marie Acebes. Brown is also from Mabuwaya Foundation, a non-government organization that aims to conserve the Philippine crocodile and other threatened species especially in northern Luzon. Gardner and Acebes are both from Balyena.org, which hopes to save the remaining humpback whales in the country.

Of Whales, Dolphins, and Crocodiles: Conservation on Land and at Sea is on October 1, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., at the National Museum of Natural History, Rizal Park, Manila. Online registration is encouraged and is on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, follow Of Whales, Dolphins, and Crocodiles's event page on Facebook.

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