MANILA, Philippines – “Lolong,” a giant saltwater crocodile captured in Bunawan, Agusan del Sur in 2011, was officially certified by the Guinness Book of World Records as the “world’s biggest crocodile in captivity.”
The certification, which was read in public during the celebration of Araw ng Bunawan, said the crocodile measures 6.17 meters or 20.24 feet.
Bunawan Mayor Edwin Elorde said more visitors are expected to flock to the province to visit Lolong.
He added that the giant crocodile has become Bunawan’s main tourist attraction and is a big boost to the town’s economy.
Last summer, around 800 daily guests visited the eco park to see Lolong.
Authorities said the local government has earned P2.5 million since public viewing was allowed in September 2011.
Visitors were charged entrance fees of P20 for adults and P15 for children. Senior citizens and persons with disabilities were let in for free.
They also said Lolong has adjusted to its new closure and is under the care of 16 crocodile experts.
The crocodile was named after after Palawan crocodile hunter Ernesto “Lolong” Coñate. -- Report from Richmond Hinayon, ABS-CBN News Caraga