MANILA, Philippines – The local government of Bunawan, Agusan del Sur has earned more than P3 million from tourists who visit “Lolong,” which was declared the world’s largest crocodile in captivity by the Guinness Book of World Records last June.
Authorities said the money will be used to feed the crocodile and to maintain its current habitat.
Lolong, which measures 6.17 meters or 20.24 feet, remains the town’s biggest attraction, prompting local authorities to build an eco-park to accommodate visitors.
Visitors are charged entrance fees of P20 for adults and P15 for children. Senior citizens and persons with disabilities are let in for free.
“It is our pride na ‘yung lugar namin dito matatagpuan ang largest crocodile. After na-receive ang certificate, mas natuwa, mas na-appreciate at lalong sumikat si Lolong. Mas lalong napamahal sa amin si Lolong,” said Bunawan Mayor Edwin Elorde.
The creature’s handlers said Lolong is now eating thrice a month and even takes vitamins.
When it was captured September last year, the crocodile did not eat for more than a week due to stress.
But according to its caretaker, Lolong has become used to his eating schedule.