Croc Release

On September 24, 2011, another 10 head-started juvenile Philippine crocodiles were released back into the wild. Together with Sangguniang Bayan member Hon. Didero B. Pascual and MENRO staff Donna Labuguen, the team travelled to sitio Dunoy.

Inside the Norhtern Sierra Madre Natural Park, in an area designated as the Crocodile Management Zone, there is a small lake called Dunoy Lake. Here wild crocodiles still survive.
On September 24, 2011, staff of the Mabuwaya Foundation Inc (MFI), together with staff of the Local Government of San Mariano, travelled to this lake in sitio Dunoy, barangay Dibuluan, to release crocodiles back into the wild.

Sangguniang Bayan member and chairman of the committee on environment, Hon. Dediro B. Pascual, releasing a crocodile back into the wild

The Philippine crocodile, scientific name Crocodylus mindorensis, is critically endangered and that's why the Mabuwaya Foundation is working together with the LGU San Mariano and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) to protect this species in the wild. In barangay Minanga of San Mariano is located the Municipal Philippine Crocodile Rearing Station, where hatchling crocodiles are reared for two years before releasing them back into the wild.
Chairman of the comittee on environment Pascual personally released two crocodiles, one is named 'Dideronsis' and a second juvenile crocodile was christianed 'Princess Delaida'. Donna Labuguen, from the Municipal Environment and Natural Resources Office (MENRO), also released a crocodile named 'Great Crocodile'. Finally the community, represented by Romy Aggabao and Bantay Sanktuwaryo Victorino Montanes, released 'Romy'.
After the ceremony the group went back to centro while several MFI staff hiked a bit further to release 6 more juveniles in Pagsungayan Lake, deeper into the Sierra Madre forest. 

Released head-started juvenile Philippine crocodile 'Dideronsis' swimming into Dunoy Lake; back into the wild!

The head-start program and this release in specific have been financially made possible by Ocean Park Conservation Foundation, Hong Kong. With thanks also to Hon. Didero B. Pascual for his generous assistance regarding the transport of people and crocodiles to Dunoy 

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Preparation for release, catching crocodiles from the pond at the rearing station


Group picture with crocodiles. SB Pascual is holding the crocodile, Marites Balbas of MFI immediately to the right, then Bantay Sanktuwaryo Victorino Montanes. Sitting down is Donna Labuguen of the MENRO


Romy Aggabao releasing a crocodile with the assistance of Bantay Sanktuwaryo Victorino Montanes


MENRO staff Donna Labuguen releasing a crocodile with the assistance of MFI staff Willem van de Ven