19th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
Scaly, Not Scary

These juvenile Philippine Freshwater Crocodiles huddle together to keep warm in the Palawan Wildlife Rescue and Conservation Center, where this species is being rehabilitated and conserved. Critically endangered in the Philippines, one attribution to their conservation status could be the fact that in Filipino culture, "buwaya", or crocodile in Tagalog, poses a negative connotation and usually refers to corrupt politicians. These animals are greatly misunderstood thus, sharing and raising awareness about this species encourages society to change their perception.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 02.2020
Date Uploaded: 10.2021
Photo Location: Puerto Princesa, Philippines
Camera: NIKON D5000
Copyright: © Marielle Angelique Racoma