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'Tight-rope walking' croc may have stood on two legs – study

Jun 12, 2020 - 8:16 PM

The finding could shed light on how other creatures from the Cretaceous period – such as pterosaurs – would have moved about

Aussie croc wrangler joins Indonesia bid to save tire-tied reptile

Feb 14, 2020 - 5:21 PM

Matt Wright, joined by fellow Australian crocodile wrangler Chris Wilson, is working with the local conservation agency, which has struggled for years to rescue the croc

OUT TO HELP. File photo of Matt Wright, host of National Geographic's 'Monster Croc Wrangler'. From his Instagram

No takers for Indonesia's 'pluck a tire off the croc' contest

Feb 05, 2020 - 1:31 PM

A month after the wager, authorities say no would-be crocodile wrangler stepped forward to take up the challenge of removing the unwanted necklace from the 13-foot crocodile

NO HELP. This photo taken on February 2, 2020 shows a crocodile, with a motorbike tyre around its neck, by the riverbanks in Palu, Central Sulawesi province. Photo by Nanang/AFP

Indonesia offers reward for removing tire from giant croc's neck

Jan 30, 2020 - 9:55 PM

An unspecified amount of cash will go to one brave croc hunter who will come face to face with the 13-foot saltwater crocodile

This picture taken on January 22, 2020 shows a crocodile, with a motorcycle tire around its neck, sun bathing by the riverbanks, in Palu, Central Sulawesi. Indonesian authorities are offering a reward to anyone who can rescue a saltwater crocodile with a motorbike tyre wrapped around its neck -- and survive. MUHAMMAD / AFP

Killer crocodiles: Why are more humans being attacked in East Timor?

Nov 29, 2019 - 11:22 AM

People are targeted by crocodiles while they are fishing in small boats, or bathing and collecting water to drink

local resident in Suai Loro, Timor-Leste  J By Jack Nugent/

Huge saltwater crocodile kills fisherman in latest attack in Palawan town

Oct 10, 2019 - 5:39 PM

Police say the 20-year-old was taken by a 4.9-meter crocodile late Tuesday, October 8, as he and a colleague sailed back to the island of Balabac after a day of fishing

Crocodile kills high school student in Palawan

Sep 09, 2019 - 6:25 PM

The student, a 15-year-old boy, is attacked by a crocodile while fishing with his relatives in Balabac, Palawan

10-year-old boy eaten by crocodile in Palawan town

Aug 14, 2019 - 7:33 PM

Authorities say the boy was on board with his two older siblings near the town of Balabac, which is notorious for confrontations with the massive creatures, when he was yanked into the water

Crocodiles and birds were 'prehistoric bedfellows'

Feb 28, 2019 - 9:53 PM

An international team of researchers says the fossil find is 'unique in the vertebrate fossil record and represents the earliest record of disparate animals sharing the same nesting area'

LVMH to boost measures for 'responsible supply' of crocodile leather

Feb 19, 2019 - 5:45 PM

The giant French retailer will follow 'new standards' for crocodile skins which includes the 'preservation of the species and the respect of local communities'

Palawan authorities capture 'man-eating' crocodile

Dec 02, 2018 - 10:10 AM

The crocodile, 15.6 feet long, is believed to have killed a fisherman in Balabac, Palawan

Photo by Rizzie Ancheta

Authorities launch hunt for man-eating crocodile in Palawan town

Nov 30, 2018 - 4:10 PM

A joint team of the Palawan Council for Sustainable Development and the Palawan Wildlife Rescue and Conservation Center are in Balabac town to capture the crocodile believed to be over 10 feet long

CROCODILE. A Philippine crocodile (Crocodylus mindorensis) glides silently through a swamp on the island of Palawan in the Philippines. Photo by Gregg Yan via Wikimedia Commons

Palawan police recover body of fisherman attacked by crocodile

Nov 28, 2018 - 5:15 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Human-crocodile conflicts are a continual problem in the island-town of Balabac, which is a stronghold of saltwater crocodiles

Gabon's unique 'orange crocodiles' intrigue scientists

Jun 28, 2018 - 9:52 PM

'When I approached with the torch in the cave, I saw red eyes... crocodiles!' said geo-archaeologist Richard Oslisly. It was only two years later when they hauled one out into the light that they realized it was orange.

PRIZE CATCH. In this photograph taken on August 11, 2010, a scientist carries an orange cave crocodile captured from caves in Abanda in the Ogooue-Maritime, in the south-west of Gabon. Photo by Olivier Testa/AFP

Sacred snappers: The village where crocodiles are welcome

Jun 24, 2018 - 2:00 PM

People in Bazoule share their pond with more than 100 of the razor-toothed creatures.

SACRED. A boy sits on the back of a crocodile at a pond in Bazoule in Burkina Faso, a village which happily shares its local pond with 'sacred' crocodiles. Photo by Olympia de Maismont/AFP

Human limbs found inside belly of Indonesia croc – police

Mar 02, 2018 - 6:46 PM

'Inside the crocodile's stomach, we found the left arm and a leg that we believe belonged to the victim,' local police chief Teddy Ristiawan says

Croc kills man securing boat from Vinta

Dec 23, 2017 - 9:48 PM

The attack in the fishing town of Bataraza is the 3rd reported since October in Palawan

Crocodile snatches child in Palawan

Nov 11, 2017 - 7:40 PM

A search is underway but authorities have yet to find any sign of the child

CROC ATTACK. A crocodile reportedly snatches a 12-year-old child in Palawan, according to police reports. Shutterstock photo

Bangladesh hopes to rekindle passion to save rare crocodiles

Aug 13, 2017 - 11:05 PM

To save the nearly extinct gharials or fish eating crocodiles conservationists bring together a male and a female hoping they will mate

A 36-year-old female Gharial crocodile is released in the zoo of Bangladesh's northeastern city of Rajshahi o August 13, 2017. Bangladeshi conservationists introduced two rare river-dwelling crocodiles to potential mates Sunday in a last-ditch attempt to save the critically-endangered species from extinction. A 36-year-old female gharial -- a fish-eating crocodile once native to rivers across the Indian subcontinent -- was brought from a zoo in northeast Bangladesh to the capital Dhaka, where it is hoped she will mate with an older male to repopulate the species.   / AFP PHOTO / -

Snap! Selfie-seeking tourist bitten by Thai croc

Jan 02, 2017 - 1:34 PM

The French tourist is currently undergoing treatment after startling a rare Siamese crocodile in Khao Yai national park

Indonesian crocodile catchers to snap up prizes

Aug 05, 2016 - 6:22 PM

Saltwater crocodiles are the largest crocodile species reaching up to 7 meters in length and are known as formidable predators

This picture taken on July 27, 2016 shows a sign which reads "Mind Your Life", alerting people to the crocodile threat on a beach in Kupang, in East Nusa Tenggara province. File photo by Joey Christian/AFP

Change came: Media set-up tweaked morning of Duterte party

Jun 04, 2016 - 1:16 PM

Media broadcast set ups are no longer allowed Instead live footage of the event will be streamed through Radio Television Malacañang and state run People s Television Network

SECURITY PREPS. Security personnel prepare for Saturday's celebration. Photo by Manman Dejeto/Rappler

Thanksgiving, goodbyes: Davao City prepares for Duterte party

Jun 04, 2016 - 9:20 AM

Organizers expect up to 500 000 people to shuffle in and out of the Crocodile Park on June 4 to celebrate Rodrigo Duterte s victory in the presidential election

CELEBRATION PREPS. Workers and supporters finish last-minute preparations for president-elect Rodrigo Duterte's thankgiving celebration in Davao City. Photo by Manman Dejeto/Rappler

Davaoeños attempt Guinness world record in Duterte rally

May 08, 2016 - 9:22 PM

Supporters of Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte try to break the Guinness World Record for the Simultaneous Singing of the National Anthem a record currently held by Bangladesh

Photo by Geriann Montinola

Tourist killed by a crocodile in Indonesia

Apr 02, 2016 - 5:35 PM

The body of Sergey Lykhvar was discovered in Raja Ampat islands of West Papua 4 days after he was reported missing

Indonesia mulls tigers, piranhas, crocs to guard prison for drug convicts

Nov 13, 2015 - 7:04 PM

Aside from crocodiles anti drugs czar Budi Waseso says man eating piranhas and tigers could also be used as guards

MAN-EATERS. Piranhas, tigers could guard a prison island in Indonesia. Photo from Wikimedia

Indonesia wants crocodile-guarded jail for drug offenders

Nov 09, 2015 - 10:08 PM

You can t bribe crocodiles You can t convince them to let inmates escape

Philippine crocodile, photo from Wikipedia

Giant Australian croc chomps on another in front of cruise

Jun 15, 2015 - 1:09 PM

A 5 meter 16 foot crocodile put on a spectacular display for a passing tour boat attacking and chomping on a smaller croc

RIVERSIDE LUNCH. This picture taken by Nikki Davies of Yellow Water Cruises and released by the Kakadu Tourism on June 15, 2015 shows a giant crocodile holding a smaller croc in its mouth in the Kakadu region of northern Australia. Nikki Davis/Kakadu Tourism/AFP

#ShareDavao: Holidays in Davao: Where to go, and what to do

Dec 24, 2014 - 12:00 PM

Should you find yourself spending the holidays in Davao the Marco Polo Hotel is the gateway for your choice of adventure

#SharePH #ShareDavao: Diving, Mt. Apo, the Philippine eagle

Nov 24, 2014 - 5:44 PM

Watch the first episode of Rappler s new travel show SharePH as it explores Davao city Share your own Davao memories

#SharePH #ShareDavao: Restaurants to try

Nov 01, 2014 - 4:52 PM

Here are a few food places to try when you re in Davao city

#ShareDavao Businessman Sonny Dizon: Davao safest PH city

Oct 28, 2014 - 3:46 PM

Rappler talks to Philip Sonny Dizon about business in Davao

Crocodile, sampaguita ice cream and other fun flavors to try

Sep 06, 2014 - 11:54 AM

Ice cream makers have been concocting flavors with ingredients that may surprise you

Crocodile kills fisherman in Palawan

May 24, 2014 - 5:31 PM

The coast guard recovers the body after firing a gun at the reptile causing it to release the fisherman and flee

Prize money boosts chances for Philippine croc

May 09, 2014 - 8:28 PM

Marites Balbas of the Philippines Mabuwaya Foundation was one of 8 people awarded 35 000 pounds each around 60 000 for their conservation work

Philippine crocodile, photo from Wikipedia

Philippine fishermen demand bounty for crocodile

Apr 13, 2014 - 6:13 PM

Authorities are trying to convince the fishermen to hand over the 2 5 meter long crocodile

Philippine crocodile, photo from Wikipedia

IN PHOTOS: Newly-hatched Philippine crocodile

Jul 13, 2013 - 9:00 PM

The Philippine freshwater crocodile found only in the country faces extinction

No more crocs in captivity, please

Apr 28, 2013 - 4:15 PM

Lolong would not have died if he hadn t been captured imprisoned and confined to a totally inadequate concrete enclosure for the past 18 months

GARGANTUAN. In this photo taken on September 21, 2011, Lolong, a one-tonne (6.4-metre) 21-foot crocodile believed to be the biggest to have ever been caught, is seen in a caged pen in Bunawan, Agusan del Sur. AFP PHOTO / JAY DIRECTO

Why Summer Komikon 2013 was a blast

Apr 18, 2013 - 11:51 AM

A comic book fan shares why Summer Komikon 2013 was a blast and why you should attend it every summer

TICKET TO HEAVEN. A ticket to Summer Komikon 2013 cost P100. All photos by Mariella Bustamante

How captivity killed Lolong

Mar 29, 2013 - 12:37 PM

Rappler learns how Lolong died due to multiple organ failure due to stress from how he was held in captivity

GARGANTUAN CROC. GARGANTUAN. Lolong still looked healthy in this file picture taken inside his pen at the Bunawan Eco-Park just days after the reptile was captured in September 2011. AFP PHOTO / JAY DIRECTO

Lolong never should have been captured

Mar 10, 2013 - 7:51 PM

Lolong should have been kept in his natural habitat former DENR Secretary and crocodile expert Dr Angel Alcala says

GARGANTUAN CROC. In this photo taken on September 21, 2011, Lolong, a one-tonne (6.4-metre) 21-foot crocodile believed to be the biggest to have ever been caught, is seen in a caged pen in Bunawan, Agusan del Sur. AFP PHOTO / JAY DIRECTO

Lolong's necropsy results delayed

Feb 19, 2013 - 3:25 PM

The report will be made public after the tissue samples collected from Lolong are fully analyzed by experts at UP Los Baños

GARGANTUAN. In this photo taken on September 21, 2011, Lolong, a one-tonne (6.4-metre) 21-foot crocodile believed to be the biggest to have ever been caught, is seen in a caged pen in Bunawan, Agusan del Sur. AFP PHOTO / JAY DIRECTO

In memory of Lolong

Feb 18, 2013 - 8:08 AM

After Lolong s death WWF Philippines is concerned about the plight of the few remaining saltwater crocodiles here

LIKE DINOSAURS. Marine or estuarine crocodiles (Crocodylus Porosus) are the largest reptiles on Earth. In 1823, a gigantic 27-foot crocodile was shot and killed near the town of Jalajala in Laguna de Bai, Philippines. WWF-Philippines / Gregg Yan

Lolong's necropsy results out next week

Feb 13, 2013 - 3:32 PM

Veterinarians are analyzing tissue samples from Lolong to determine his cause of death

GARGANTUAN. In this photo taken on September 21, 2011, Lolong, a one-tonne (6.4-metre) 21-foot crocodile believed to be the biggest to have ever been caught, is seen in a caged pen in Bunawan, Agusan del Sur. AFP PHOTO / JAY DIRECTO

Necropsy performed on Lolong

Feb 12, 2013 - 3:46 PM

The results and the cause of death will not be known until the end of the week a government official says

PACKED IN ICE. Workers put ice blocks on to the remains of Lolong before the necropsy is conducted. AFP PHOTO/Erwin Mascarinas

Did typhoon Pablo kill Lolong?

Feb 12, 2013 - 12:32 PM

The storm created a change in temperature that may have affected the croc s eating habits leading to his death a British specialist says

SO LONG, LOLONG. The lifeless body of the monster croc is packed with ice for the necropsy on February 11 in Bunawan, Agusan del Sur. Photo by Jeoffrey Maitem

Aussie croc now No. 1 after Lolong's death

Feb 12, 2013 - 10:15 AM

The 5 48 m reptile based in Cairns Australia is now the world s largest crocodile in captivity after Lolong passed away on Sunday

'So long, Lolong'

Feb 11, 2013 - 6:05 PM

Dr Adam Britton says Lolong helped raise awareness of crocodiles and raise funds for the conservation of the Agusan Marsh

CROC GURU. Dr. Adam Britton has been studying crocodiles for over 20 years and is now a senior partner at a research firm in Australia. Photo courtesy of Big Gecko Crocodilian Research & Consulting

Why did Lolong die? Experts to investigate

Feb 11, 2013 - 4:56 PM

UPDATED A team of experts from the PAWB and the National Museum will conduct a necropsy and save the remains for taxidermy the DENR says

PACKED IN ICE. Workers put ice blocks on to the remains of Lolong before the necropsy is conducted. AFP PHOTO/Erwin Mascarinas

World's largest croc 'Lolong' dies

Feb 10, 2013 - 9:42 PM

UPDATED Captured in September 2011 the saltwater crocodile measured 20 24 feet and weighed approximately 2 370 pounds

GARGANTUAN. In this photo taken on September 21, 2011, Lolong, a one-tonne (6.4-metre) 21-foot crocodile believed to be the biggest to have ever been caught, is seen in a caged pen in Bunawan, Agusan del Sur. AFP PHOTO / JAY DIRECTO