Sunday, October 7, 2007

Davao Crocodile Park

"The DavaoCrocodile Park all started from the fascination of the owner, Mr. Philip Dizon, to Saltwater and Freshwater Crocodiles. He did not think of it as a lucrative business until he learned that crocodiles are raised in United States not just for public viewing but as well as for production of leather purposes. It was in November 1995 when the government has given the ownerthe accreditation and permit to operate the 1st Davao Crocodile Park. 10 years later , on August 18, 2005, the world-class Davao Crocodile Park was opened with the help of the consultant Dr. Gilbert Buenviaje. The Davao Crocodile Park Inc. is owned and operated by a group of businessmen headed by Mr. Sonny Dizon, a resident of Davao City." -http://www.davaocrocodilepark.com/index.php?sec=3&idpage=10&name=History
No, wasn't wrestling a real adult crocodile. I was handling a baby crocodile though in the picture to the right. It feels exactly like a leather crocodile wallet or belt, hehehe!


Pangil

Crocodile Pond

Small Croc
Pangil is the highlight of the visit because it is the largest crocodile in the park. It is also part of a show where a caretaker would go inside the cage and prod Pangil with a stick. This would irritate Pangil and cause him to lunge at the stick and kick his massive tail around in the water. Obviously, everyone around the cage watching is drenched. I got caught with my mouth open. It was so disgusting because that crocodile is living in its own excrement! It was still fun though and my mouth was open because I was laughing hahaha!


Boa Constrictor

albino python
The wildlife encounter was the highlight of the park for me. I had a chance to touch and pet the various reptiles - though with trepidation. It's quite obvious with the faces I was making in each of the photos below.
       

iguana

Philippine hawk eagle
The iguana was the scariest looking of them all. It also had the weirdest texture. With the Philippine hawk eagle, the caretaker instructed me not to move a muscle as not to scare the bird. I wouldn't want to touch it anyway with its sharp beak and sharp claws.

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