PHILIP­PINE CROCODILE

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There are less than 20 adult Philip­pine croc­o­diles (Crocody­lus min­doren­sis) left in the wild, and it is feared that the species’ pop­u­la­tion will con­tinue to de­cline de­spite con­ser­va­tion ef­forts. A cou­ple of the dan­gers the Philip­pine crocodile faces are habi­tat loss and en­tan­gle­ment in fish­ing nests. While the Wildlife Act, or Repub­lic Act No. 9147, pro­tects the Philip­pine crocodile and car­ries a penalty of six years in prison or a fine of P100,000 or both for those charged with killing one of the species, Philip­pine croc­o­diles are still in high dan­ger of the il­le­gal rep­tile trade, based on a 2018 re­port by Er­win Mas­cari­nas for Philip­pine Daily In­quirer. In Jan­uary of this year, it was re­vealed that a num­ber of unique rep­tiles, in­clud­ing the Philip­pine crocodile, could be bought on Face­book, ac­cord­ing to a 2018 ar­ti­cle in Sun­star.

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