LOOK: 'Lolong' moves to new home in National Museum of Natural History


Posted at Jun 24 2017 05:28 AM

Staff of the National Museum move Lolong to his new and permanent home at the National Museum of Natural History. Photo courtesy of the National Museum of the Philippines. Photo by Aissa Domingo/NM Zoology Division/handout

The National Museum of the Philippines on Thursday moved "Lolong," the world’s once biggest crocodile in captivity, to the National Museum of Natural History.

In a Facebook post, the National Museum said Lolong will now have “a new and permanent home” in the National Museum of Natural History, which will open mid-2017, to raise awareness on marshland ecology.

“The move was facilitated by the Zoology Division staff and it took about 18 men to carry him. He is now being prepared for exhibition to create awareness for Philippine wildlife and make us understand more about marshland ecology,” the post read.

Lolong was the world’s largest saltwater crocodile in captivity until his death on Feb. 10, 2013 in Agusan del Sur.

He was 6.17 meters long and weighed 1,075 kilograms.

The crocodile was named after Palawan crocodile hunter Ernesto “Lolong” Coñate.