CROCODILE FARM PALAWAN
The Crocodile Farm is located in Barangay Irawan, Puerto Princesa City and it takes about 40 minutes to get there from city proper.
Palawan, in general, is known to be one of the provinces in the Philippines that is rich with natural wonders and resources. Lush green and huge trees and vast untouched forest areas. Awesome land formation, wonderful beaches, and a habitat for great wildlife are what makes Palawan a wonder in the Philippines.
In short, Palawan is considered still “wild”. Being “wild” means we are pretty much still ‘out there’. So watch out! This most likely explains why we don’t have a proper zoo yet. I guess, the government maybe cannot afford to have a proper zoo at the moment or there are other priorities. But we do have a conservation center for our dear Crocodiles.
The Palawan Wildlife Rescue and Conservation Center is mainly a breeding place for saltwater and fresh water crocodiles. Although the biggest part of the property is shared with other animals, it is still the Crocs who are the main attraction here.
The first part of the Crocodile farm tour is guided. But after the crocodiles, you can go and do some exploring on your own. Besides the Crocodiles there is also a little zoo.
On arrival visitors will be greeted by their tour guide. Who will first introduce you to Rio (only in skin and bones). Rio was a 17.5 foot (5.25 m) male crocodile who was captured in a municipality called Rio Tuba, Palawan. It was said that he had devoured a fisherman in the area. This led to his captivity and eventually his death. Being held captive was causing stress for Rio and it is believed to be the reason why it died. Hmmm…. I think Rio was quite interesting, don’t you think?
After being greeted by Rio, you will be led to the breeding pen where young salt and fresh water crocs will be seen in their huge bath-tub look-alike pens. It is pretty cool actually. After going through the breeding area you will be taken to the place where you can see the bigger crocodiles. The giant Crocs are staying in a cage that you can see from above. Which can be really freaky sometimes, especially when they start moving.
This whole tour maybe takes about 10 – 15 minutes. To be honest after the introduction with Rio you better put on some running shoes because my experience is that the tour guide goes so fast you will not be able to keep up with him or her. Let stand understand what she/he is saying. It is not really good.
There are a lot of interesting things hanging up there but you don’t get time to read it. In the past you could go through a little exposition with a lot of info about the crocs and that was really interesting but they have taken it out of the tour because it is most likely taking too long. It really feels like the tour guide is rushing you through as quick as possible, so they can welcome the next group of visitors. Not nice and it definitely needs improvement. It makes me feel like all they are interested in is your money and not really you getting to know more about crocodiles. It is a pity and I hope it will change soon.
The Crocodile Farm, as it is once called, is a sort of a wildlife park where you can explore further after the Crocs. You can see other animals like a wild boar, eagles, bear cat, porcupine and some other awesome birds.
In closing, the Palawan Wildlife Rescue and Conservation Center could use some good
maintenance or some good developing. Things are getting old and paths are breaking and are harder to see as things around gets wild by the forest area. But nevertheless, this place is a nice stop to get a real close encounter with nature and their animal occupants.
Location: Barangay Irawan, Puerto Princesa City
Travel time: about 40 mins. on Jeepney or Multicab from downtown
Fare: Php 20 (Jeep/Multicab)
Formerly called: Palawan Wildlife Rescue and Conservation Center
Entrance Fee: P40 (Adults), P30 (60 yrs.old and up), P20 (7-12 yrs.old), 6 yrs. & below (FREE Admission)