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Crocodiles of the World

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by Cressida Ryan (subscribe)
Classicist and traveller
Published August 25th 2016
One man's dream too look after crocodiles became a zoo open to the public in 2011. Rescued and bred crocodiles alike fill this old farm to make the UK's only crocodile zoo. More than just a place to gawp at these magnificent creatures, Crocodiles of the World offers an opportunity to learn about them, to handle them, to feed them, engaging with them in a variety of ways.

There is a daily schedule of events and talks advertised on the blackboard outside, and handed out on slips of paper. These include information talks about the crocodiles, handling sessions with different animals and feeding sessions.

Handling a baby crocodile is dangerous work, so only the staff hold them, but visitors are welcome to touch the carefully selected baby crocodiles.

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Handling a baby croc

The baby crocodiles are kept under lights to make sure they are warm enough, crawling around all over each other.

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Baby crocodiles keeping warm

As the crocodiles get bigger, they can still be found lying on top of one another, but this time in a larger enclosure. The collection of Nile crocodiles is ever growing.

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Nile crocodiles en masse

With over a hundred and fifty animals representing fifteen species of crocodile, alligator and caiman, this zoo houses a remarkable collection and really is unlike any other place you will visit.

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A heading poking out of the water, but we can see the whole body too

The saltwater crocodiles are out in the back building, in a larger enclosure, along with groups of Nile crocodiles and other big species.

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A crocodile lying deceptively quiet

When feeding time comes these deceptively sleepy creatures leap into frantic and rapid action. Keepers throw in food while crowds amass outside the protective windows. Get there early to ensue a good view.

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Coming for food

Although it is called 'Crocodiles of the World', there are lots of other animals there too. These include snakes, such as the pythons brought out to be handled. Birds and insects can be found across the site too, as it slowly expands to take in more species.

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Python handling

A monitor might be brought out, and this time it's safe to let it out on the floor in a designated area. Visitors queue to be allowed in one or two at a time to meet it. It is a lot softer than it looks!

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An Asian monitor out to play

In some areas the different animals inhabit the same enclosures perfectly happily, better mimicking real life.

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A lizard and a turtle side by side

This is a very family-friendly place. There are zookeeping packages you can buy for children and adults which give you a behind the scenes insight into what looking after the crocodiles entails.They also offer 'VIP' sessions, parties, and educational visits to schools. Hygiene is important, so there are plenty of toilets and handwashing facilities. Most of the areas are indoors and so it is a great all-weather venue to visit. A cafe and shop give you somewhere to relax after the visit, although these are very small. It is easily accessible for prams and wheelchairs, and there is plenty of free parking outside the door. This is important as the zoo is otherwise not close to public transport routes.

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Argentine side-necked turtle

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Why? The UK's only crocodile zoo
When: 10-5 every day except Christmas day
Phone: 01993 846993
Where: Burford Road, Brize Norton, Oxon, OX18 3NX
Cost: 8.95 adult, 6.50 child, 7.95 concession, 27 family, season tickets available
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