Tuesday, November 29, 2016

A Couple of Days in Puerto Princesa

     I get to spend two days in Puerto Princesa after my El Nido vacation last September and my bosses were really bighearted to show my around the city.

       They brought me to the Palawan Wildlife Rescue and Conservation Center, also known as the Crocodile Farm and Nature Park.  It is in Puerto Princesa where the first crocodile breeding farm started (1987). The Crocodile Farm was founded to prevent the further decline of the two species of Philippine crocodile (freshwater and saltwater crocodile).
   Today PWRCC, under the management of the Protected Areas and Wildlife Bureau of the DENR, has bred over 12,000 crocodiles for commercial purposes. Crocodile meat is sold locally to tourist and to restaurants across the country, while crocodile leather is sold to luxury fashion brands such as Louis Vuitton and Hermes.

     Displayed at the lobby of PWRCC are the skin and bones of a saltwater crocodile that is approximately 5 meters long. A sight to behold but it tells a sad story of a man it killed in 2011 and of the reptile itself. Rio, the male crocodile named after the place it was captured, was caught by the townsfolk in 2014 and died two years later due to internal bleeding and the stress of being in captivity. Rio was 67 years old.

                    Three month old crocodiles.

         The largest croc that I've seen alive here at PWRCC.

              It felt soft and cold!


      The Crocodile Farm and Nature Park has a vast open space and it was really nice walking under those big trees! If it weren't for the cages I'd feel like I was in a jungle. Palawan is one of the most biodiverse islands in the Philippines and many wild animals usually fall victim to poachers. Some animals here at PWRCC were rescued from their captors and after some time will be released back into the wild.

   Another awesome place we went to in Puerto Princesa is the Badjao Seafront Restaurant. Not only is it popular because of its long history of serving good food but also of its interesting location and rustic ambiance.

      To get to the restaurant you must cross a long bridge that
passes through a thick mangrove.

          The dining area is a covered deck built over a tidal swap.

      Groupie shot with the men of Sea Cocoon Hotel
while waiting for the rest of our orders.

       A view from the dining area: A cloud-diffused sun setting 
on a part of  Honda Bay at low tide.

           And this concludes my 7-day adventure in Palawan. Thank you Boss Vic, Boss Benjie and special thanks to Eric Sugui and Jhomar. I'll see you guys again! ^_^

1 comment:

  1. Very well said... i would like to visit the place next year..