Get up close with 'Lolong' at MOA

by Monique Lachica, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 23 2012 11:50 PM | Updated as of Aug 24 2012 07:23 PM

MANILA, Philippines – You can now get up close and personal with “Lolong,” the world’s largest living crocodile.

A life-size replica of the 20.24-foot saltwater crocodile will be part of a new exhibit at the Nido Fortified Science Discovery Center (NFSDC) at the Mall of Asia in Pasay City when the science museum re-launches next month.

NFSDC also features new interactive galleries where kids can learn hands-on

The real Lolong remains at the Bunawan Eco-Park and Research Centre in Agusan Del Sur.

There has been talk of transferring the reptile to the Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife in Quezon City but residents who used to fear it are opposing the move.

Lolong, which has been officially recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as “the world’s largest crocodile in captivity,” is now bringing in tourism revenues to the small town.

Replica of the 20.24-foot crocodile at the Nido Fortified Science Discovery Center

“The Marsh Land and Crocodile Habitat Exhibit is the museum’s way to support the campaign to preserve the country’s marshlands,” said Arturo Carballo, Senior Operations Manager of NFSDC. “Visitors to the discovery center will have a better understanding of the Philippine crocodiles and of the biodiversity of the marshes they call home.”

Apart from the replica of Lolong, the NFSDC will also feature new interactive galleries where kids can learn about the wonders of science in a hands-on manner.