Lolong was declared the world’s largest crocodile in captivity in 2011 after Australian crocodile expert Dr. Adam Britton of National Geographic verified his measure of 20 feet and 3 inches, breaking the record previously held by Australian croc “Cassius” which measures 17 feet 11.75 inches.
The gigantic crocodile was captured in a creek in Bunawan, Agusan del Sur in September 3, 2011. He was named after Ernesto “Lolong” Goloran Cañete, one of the veteran crocodile hunters from the Palawab Crocodile and Wildlife Reservation Center who led the hunt who unfortunately died of heart attacks days before Lolong’s capture.
Lolong’s capture helped largely in Bunawan’s tourism as thousands of tourists are attracted to see the world’s largest crocodile in close sight. He was kept at Bunawan Ecopark and Wildlife Reservation Center were he was exhibited for public viewing. According to the local government of Buhawan, Lolong was able to generate almost half a million pesos just months after he was displayed at the Ecopark from donations, entrance fees and parking fees and has estimated 10K monthly income.
Now that Buhawan had lost Lolong, it will surely affect it’s tourism industry greatly. But I’m sure they already have other plans in maintaining the momentum of the tourist surge brought about by Lolong’s presence in their town.