'Lolong' is world's biggest captured croc—Guinness

Lolong's record is expected to boost tourism of sleepy Mindanao town

Nathaniel Gatpandan
Published 8:18 PM, June 25, 2012
Updated 2:23 PM, June 26, 2012

TOURIST ATTRACTION. Agusan del Sur's Lolong, a new Guinness record-holder, is seen to boost local tourism. Photo from the DENR website

TOURIST ATTRACTION. Agusan del Sur's Lolong, a new Guinness record-holder, is seen to boost local tourism. Photo from the DENR website

MANILA, Philippines — It's official. Agusan del Sur's Lolong is now the world's largest crocodile in captivity, Guinness World Records declared on its website on Monday, June 25.

Captured in September 2011, the saltwater crocodile measures 20.24 feet and weighs approximately 2,370 pounds, according to Guinness. It trumped Australia's 18-foot crocodile named Cassius

Bunawan town Mayor Edwin Elorde received the certification from Guinness last week. He said Lolong's record is expected to boost the town's tourism.

The local government currently collects P15 to P20 from Lolong’s visitors. Elorde said they collect about P8,000 daily. He said they have collected nearly P500,000 in donations, and visitor and parking fees.

Earlier this year, the Agusan del Sur Provincial Council approved a P2-million budget to develop the 30-hectare Bunawan Eco-Park. Another P3-million was allocated to develop the road network surrounding and leading to the eco-park. — Rappler.com

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