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Crocodile farming in the Philippines refers to an agricultural business involving the raising and harvesting of crocodiles for the commercial production of crocodile meat and crocodile leather.
In the Philippines, crocodile farmers breed and raise two species of Philippine crocodiles: the Philippine saltwater crocodile (Crocodylus porosus) and the Philippine freshwater crocodile (Crocodylus mindorensis). Farms that trade crocodile skin are regulated by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES).
Crocodiles help maintain the balance of Philippine ecosystems such as wetlands; crocodile farming in the Philippines is also geared towards the rescue and conservation of both C. porosus and the “endangered and endemic” C. mindorensis. Crocodile farms also contribute to tourism in the Philippines and offer public education about crocodiles.
Crocodile skins are extremely valuable, priced by the centimeter, and are used in the production of luxury leather goods by firms such as luxury fashion brands like Louis Vuitton.
In particular, the hide of C. Porosus is the most commercially valuable of any crocodilian. It is highly prized for its regular, almost perfect pattern symmetry, and is the type used almost exclusively by Hermès; crocodile skin versions of Birkin bag and Kelly bag are made from the skin of the C. porosus.
Crocodile meat is sold locally to tourists and to restaurants across the country – one kilogram of crocodile meat can fetch between 400 and 1000 Pesos ($9 and $22) in 2013.
The meat supposedly has aphrodisiac properties, and can be used to cook traditional Philippine dishes. It may be found in prepared meals such as adobo, sisig, or made into hot dogs and burgers, or used in soups. Export markets include China and Russia.
Popular crocodile farms in the Philippines are located in Davao and Palawan.
The following videos will give you an idea about crocodile farming in the Philippines, how profitable it is, and how to run a crocodile farm.