Captive Care as Wildlife Conservation
Crocodiles are counted among the endangered species of animals in our world today. Although this species was once found over wide areas of the Philippines, it is now very critically threatened. It is estimated that there are only around 200 C. mindorensis found in the wild. Wanton hunting of crocodiles in order to obtain their valuable skin was the factor that initially led to the reduction of the population of the freshwater Philippine crocodile. However, the current threat to C. mindorensis comes mainly from the destruction of their habitat for agricultural purposes. Crocodile attacks have also led to widespread fear for this animal, and it is often killed by the local populace.
Unlike C. mindorensis, the population of C. porosus is in no immediate danger,.Still, the population of saltwater crocodiles is not stable in the different countries where it formerly maintained its habitat. In some countries where its population previously thrived, C. porosus is now rare or extirpated. The rapid degradation of habitat and the poaching of the animal for leather products have drastically reduced its global population. The hide of the C. porosus is considered very valuable and some consumers will pay large amounts of money to have crocodilian products. Saltwater Crocodile leather products are the most prized, which explains the massive poaching of the C. porosus observed in many countries. The saltwater crocodile can also be a very dangerous animal to encounter, and humans are attacked and killed by this species every year. Like its Philippine cousins, therefore, these animals are killed by people out of fear.
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