Did you spot it?! 🐊
The Philippine crocodile, found only in the Philippines, is the rarest crocodile in the world. This amazing drone footage, courtesy of @mabuwayafoundation, is allowing us to see one of only about 100 individuals still left in the wild!
In 2002, 2003 and 2005, CLP supported a team of conservationists in The Philippines focused on
conserving the wild Philippine crocodile population in San Mariano. By conducting an outreach programme among local communities, and arranging the protection of crocodile nests by local law-enforcers, Philippine crocodiles were no longer being killed deliberately by 2005.
And due to the team`s efforts, over the course of the three CLP projects, numbers increased from 16 to 46 non-hatchling crocodiles!! 🎉
Buoyed by this huge success, the team at @mabuwayafoundation in collaboration with @isabelastateuniversity continue their outreach work to instil new forms of respect for crocodiles.
In a recent publication in @currentconservation, Executive Director of @mabuwayafoundation @merlijnvanweerd writes: "The crocodile population has grown ... to nearly 100 individuals in 2023 and the distribution of the crocodiles increased from three to eight distinct wetland areas. In 2023, six community-protected nests in four different sites successfully hatched. Livestock predation by crocodiles has greatly diminished as a result of rehabilitated riparian buffer zones and livestock protection measures... there is no large-scale ecotourism program here that provides a financial incentive to communities that protect their crocodiles. Pride and respect are the main reasons why farmers now accept the crocodiles in their midst."
Incredible and inspirational work 👏
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