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Melbourne Zoo

Philippines Crocodile

The crocodile is surely one of the most awe-inspiring creatures on earth. Visiting the crocodiles at Melbourne Zoo is an opportunity to meet these animals close up. 

The Philippines Crocodile is classed as critically endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (on the IUCN ‘red list’). The species is under great threat from habitat destruction and practices such as dynamite fishing. The number of individuals surviving in the wild may be only in the hundreds. They are protected in the Philippines.

Melbourne Zoo is working with the Mabuwaya Foundation to strengthen recovery of the Philippines Crocodile in the northern Philippines. This is one of only two viable populations left. Your visit to the Zoo is an opportunity to learn more about the plight of Philippines Crocodiles in the wild and be inspired to take action to contribute to the protection and preservation of this species. 

These freshwater crocodiles are native to the Philippines and are thought to have once occurred widely on all of the larger islands. 

They are smaller than other crocodile species and grow up to 3 metres. 

Philippines Crocodiles are golden-brown when young and become darker as they age.

They live in marshes, ponds, creeks and rivers. Their diet includes fish, snails, shrimps and small mammals, snakes and birds.

Females build nests of leaves, twigs and soil during the dry season. The males and female take turns to watch over the nest. About 15–25 eggs are laid. Eggs hatch after 65–85 days.

Safe arrival for endangered crocs 1

Safe arrival for endangered crocs

Four young Philippines Crocodiles born at Melbourne Zoo in February 2014 have arrived safely at their destination, the Gladys Porter Zoo in Texas.

21 March 2016
Up, up and away for endangered crocs

Up, up, and away for endangered crocs

Four young Philippines Crocodiles are in flight to the U.S. today as part of an international zoo network effort cooperating on behalf of the world’s most endangered crocodilian species.

17 March 2016
  • Philippines Crocodiles  are relatively small and are not a danger to humans unless they are harassed
  • Females are protective of their young