Eco-park will continue to operate despite Lolong’s death – mayor


MANILA, Philippines – Lolong, the world’s biggest crocodile, looked fine for the past few weeks until his handlers sensed Sunday there was a problem with the famed reptile, Bunawan town Mayor Edwin Cox Elorde said Monday.

Speaking to Radyo Inquirer 990AM in an interview, Elorde said there was nothing unusual in Lolong’s condition before Sunday when personnel from the eco-tourism park, where the saltwater crocodile was being held captive, called up to tell him that the reptile was acting differently.

“He was normal until yesterday (Sunday) when I received a call from the park personnel who noticed some changes in his movements,” the mayor said in Filipino.


He also recalled that the one-ton crocodile did not eat for two days.

“We follow a feeding pattern of every ten days. He did not eat on January 23 but those looking after him said it was normal for crocodiles to change feeding patterns. But he did not make it after ignoring food for two feeding days,” said Elorde.

The crocodile’s stomach was bloated when it died.

Elorde said they were waiting for the arrival in Bunawan of experts from the Protected Areas and Wildlife Bureau (PAWB) who will determine the cause of Lolong’s death.

He said that many tried to visit the eco-tourism park after hearing of Lolong’s death, but “I asked that the park be closed so experts can take a look at the crocodile.”

Elorde said that they would continue to operate their eco-tourism park despite losing its main attraction.

“We were very shocked when he died. Not only did he help raise tourism in our town, he also prompted conservation efforts here. The eco-tourism park will continue to operate but we may have changes in the direction it intends to take,” he said.

Lolong was estimated to be around 50 years of age according to crocodile experts, said Elorde.

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  • regd

    Poor animal. I’m guessing it died because it stop eating humans.

    Man, mike arroyo and erap must be mourning the lose of their comrade.

  • Marshall

    Langya ka meyor ikaw ang dahilan kaya napadali ang kamatayan ni lolong..dapat inilagay si lolong saisang lugar na mas nakaadopt sya sa kanyang dating kapaligiran..ang ginawa mo inilagay mo sya sa isang kulungan para kumita madaling salita pinagkakitaan mo sya meyor..ikaw ang dapat na ipreserve para gawing tourist attraction…bwiset !!

    • sanjuan683

       hehehehe Sabi ni Lolong nagpahuli siya ng buhay para kumita ang Bunawan eh bakit marunong ka pa kay Lolong eh desisyon niya yun. Kahit ikaw ang pumalit kay Lolong hindi ka pupuntahan ng mga tourist dahil ilag sa mukha mo.

  • Simoun Magaalahas

    Balita ko lilipat na ng Opisina ang mayor doon sa mismong hawla ni lolong para daw mas pansinin siya at makatipid… siya na din daw ang papalit na lolong para less effort at para tularan daw ng kapwa niya buhaya  este  pulitiko….

    • sanjuan683

       Tsimis yan balita mo dahil tsimiso ka

      • Simoun Magaalahas

        Alam ko naman na tinatamaan ka dahil kabaro mo si mayor huwag kang mag lalala kikita ka pa rin naman yun nga lang mababawasan kasi mismong mayor nyo na ang talent sa kulungan hindi na si lolong…

  • limcat

    madaling palitan si lolong, kumuha sila ng kapalit dito sa maynila … ka daming buhaya na mas malaki pa kay lolong at walang problema sa feeding habits , bukod sa araw araw kumain ay hindi pa nabubusog! LOL

  • EREC

    Nagpakamatay siguro si Lolong dahil hindi naman siya nakikinabang sa collection na nagenerate niya galing sa tourismo. Siguro isa nayang sinyales na matutuluyan nang magupo ang mga buwayang nakakurbata sa ating pamahalaan! Better preserve the remain and auction it to London market…its a huge amount of money that can help LGU.

  • Isko

    Crocodile Lolong was exposed to lots of stress during its entire captivity, and most likely committed suicide by swallowing plastic cord, i.e., according to a news. Possible? What do you think you animal behaviour specialists out there?

  • divictes

    Born a predator,
    Died a park bum.
    Saddest epitaph.

  • Hideki

    Mas mabuti na din na namatay si lolong..para tumigil na pagbayad ng mga turista..yung pera nila eh diretso sa bulsa lang ng ni mayor..kaya ayaw bumitaw dyan si mayor dahil sa laki ng kita kay lolong 

    • sanjuan683

       Mabuti pa si Lolong ang linis ng isip di tulad mo puro hinala. hehehe Sabi ni Lolong kaya siya nagpahuli ng buhay para kumita ang Bunawan sa pamamagitan niya at naging tourist attraction siya. Bait talaga ni Lolong nagsakripisyo para umunlad ang bayan niya. Ikaw dapat magsakripisyo ka rin hehehehehe kaso hindi ka dadayuhin ng mga turista takot sa mukha mo.

  • symonwho

    Hindi kasi pinakain ng “pork” kaya namatay yung buwaya. Ibang buwaya sa atin sagana sa “pork” kaya masaya at malusog.

    • arukopo

      Mas maganda cguro yong mga buwayang kumakain ng pork ang ipakain kay Lolong para naman lumusog at sumaya… 

  • Meow Ming

    captive animal died, conservation effort failed.

  • wakats

    Lolong, the world’s biggest salt-water crocodile, is dead but will be preserved for posterity.

    Meanwhile, the super-greedy crocs in congress continue to wallow on taxpayers’ money as if there’s no tomorrow, while the lowly wage-earners labor on, pay taxes – but with dignity.

    What a shame….

  • kilabot

    lolong – brought fame to the country like a noble congressman; 
    congressman – has insatiable appetite for pork like a crocodile.

  • pipsirho

    same specie different results:
       Lolong => brought FAME to the Filipinos!!!
       Senator, Congressman, Governor, Mayor, Public Official => continuously bring SHAME to the Filipinos!!!

    The latter are fighting tooth and nail to remain, or get into office because they are SHAMELESS PIGS => Politicians Insatiably Gorging Slop; SLOP in the form of Power, Public Funds, Dirty Money, Graft, Corruption, Influence Peddling. 

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