Visit to the Fabulous Crocodiles of the World

by Sarah - Craft Invaders

Crocodiles of the World, in Oxfordshire, s the UK's only Crocodile Zoo. This Crocodile Conservation and Education Centre states it's mission to stimulate public awareness about crocodiles, alligators, caimans and gharials, and open people's eyes to the incredible nature of crocodiles, and spark curiosity and awareness for the future.

 

Yesterday, the kids and I had the most amazing afternoon out at Crocodiles of the World, in Oxfordshire. This Crocodile Conservation and Education Centre is the UK’s only Crocodile Zoo, and states as it’s mission “To inspire in our visitors a respect and understanding for the crocodile. The aim is to stimulate public awareness about crocodiles, alligators, caimans and gharials, and open people’s eyes to the incredible nature of crocodiles, and spark curiosity and awareness for the future.”

They are definitely achieving what they set out to do, the place is amazing! I only heard about its existence from a friend recently; I believe they opened on this site early 2014, and a lot of care and thought has clearly gone into the planning and building of the zoo, both for the benefit of the animals who live there, and the visitors.

 

Crocodiles of the World, in Oxfordshire, s the UK's only Crocodile Zoo. This Crocodile Conservation and Education Centre states it's mission to stimulate public awareness about crocodiles, alligators, caimans and gharials, and open people's eyes to the incredible nature of crocodiles, and spark curiosity and awareness for the future.

 

Crocodiles of the World is home to 14 species of the crocodile family, with over 100 of these animals on site. The animals are housed in habitats with glass sides, which allows the visitors to view the animals underwater, as well as on the surface. Neither the kids, nor myself, have seen crocodiles before close up (not surprisingly), they are truly majestic. There is clearly a huge focus on conservation underpinning the zoo, many of the species exhibited are critically endangered, threatened in the wild by loss of habitat, hunting, the exotic pet trade and persecution, and Crocodiles of the World are part of an international co-operative breeding programme for some of these species.

 

Crocodiles of the World, in Oxfordshire, s the UK's only Crocodile Zoo. This Crocodile Conservation and Education Centre states it's mission to stimulate public awareness about crocodiles, alligators, caimans and gharials, and open people's eyes to the incredible nature of crocodiles, and spark curiosity and awareness for the future.

 

Throughout the day, talks and feeding of the animals takes place at regular intervals. The photo in the middle, below, shows Hugo who is an adult male Siamese Crocodile (which are critically endangered, possibly with less than 1000 mature individuals living wild). He was difficult to photograph, as he moves incredibly quickly when catching his food, but you get the idea from this one of how impressive he is. He lives with his mate Rebecca, and the adorable babies that the kids are holding are their year old offspring. (taken from the hatching room, not their enclosure!)

 

Crocodiles of the World, in Oxfordshire, s the UK's only Crocodile Zoo. This Crocodile Conservation and Education Centre states it's mission to stimulate public awareness about crocodiles, alligators, caimans and gharials, and open people's eyes to the incredible nature of crocodiles, and spark curiosity and awareness for the future.

Crocodiles of the World, in Oxfordshire, s the UK's only Crocodile Zoo. This Crocodile Conservation and Education Centre states it's mission to stimulate public awareness about crocodiles, alligators, caimans and gharials, and open people's eyes to the incredible nature of crocodiles, and spark curiosity and awareness for the future.

Crocodiles of the World, in Oxfordshire, s the UK's only Crocodile Zoo. This Crocodile Conservation and Education Centre states it's mission to stimulate public awareness about crocodiles, alligators, caimans and gharials, and open people's eyes to the incredible nature of crocodiles, and spark curiosity and awareness for the future.

 

As well as the crocodiles and related species, the zoo is also home to a number of other reptiles such as monitor lizards, snakes and turtles,and a selection of Birds, Otters and Meerkats.

 

Crocodiles of the World, in Oxfordshire, s the UK's only Crocodile Zoo. This Crocodile Conservation and Education Centre states it's mission to stimulate public awareness about crocodiles, alligators, caimans and gharials, and open people's eyes to the incredible nature of crocodiles, and spark curiosity and awareness for the future.

 

The keepers on site all clearly love their jobs. All the talks and demonstrations were fascinating, and they were all really happy to chat about the animals they care for. We saw Crocodiles, Monitor Lizards, Indian Long-Eared Owls and Otters fed when we visited, as well as getting to hold the baby crocodiles.

 

Crocodiles of the World, in Oxfordshire, s the UK's only Crocodile Zoo. This Crocodile Conservation and Education Centre states it's mission to stimulate public awareness about crocodiles, alligators, caimans and gharials, and open people's eyes to the incredible nature of crocodiles, and spark curiosity and awareness for the future.

 

We loved the whole feel of the place, particularly the signs…

 

Crocodiles of the World, in Oxfordshire, s the UK's only Crocodile Zoo. This Crocodile Conservation and Education Centre states it's mission to stimulate public awareness about crocodiles, alligators, caimans and gharials, and open people's eyes to the incredible nature of crocodiles, and spark curiosity and awareness for the future.

 

We had a brilliant afternoon out, the kids were so enthused by the experience, and as you can see from the photos the animals are amazing. The Zoo runs a number of keeper experiences and shorter hands on sessions, and both kids are talking about doing that when we next visit.  My son fancies a ‘walking with monitor lizards’ session, and my daughter, of course, wants to do one of the ones that involves the Meerkats.

If you are looking for other fun family days out, check out our 12 fabulous places to visit in and around the Cotswolds post.

 

Crocodiles of the World, in Oxfordshire, s the UK's only Crocodile Zoo. This Crocodile Conservation and Education Centre states it's mission to stimulate public awareness about crocodiles, alligators, caimans and gharials, and open people's eyes to the incredible nature of crocodiles, and spark curiosity and awareness for the future.

Crocodiles of the World, in Oxfordshire, s the UK's only Crocodile Zoo. This Crocodile Conservation and Education Centre states it's mission to stimulate public awareness about crocodiles, alligators, caimans and gharials, and open people's eyes to the incredible nature of crocodiles, and spark curiosity and awareness for the future.

Crocodiles of the World, in Oxfordshire, s the UK's only Crocodile Zoo. This Crocodile Conservation and Education Centre states it's mission to stimulate public awareness about crocodiles, alligators, caimans and gharials, and open people's eyes to the incredible nature of crocodiles, and spark curiosity and awareness for the future.

 

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27 comments

Su {Ethan & Evelyn} October 28, 2015 - 10:35 pm

Wow! I did not know UK has this kind of place. I know there is a gigantic crocodile farm in Thailand but not in the UK. It is very interesting and it would differently be something that my little Ethan would like to visit. Looks like you had a great time and it is also good to know that there are other animals in their conservations too. Thank you for sharing. I have pinned this. Hope that is okay with you. 🙂

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Sarah October 29, 2015 - 1:07 am

They are such fascinating creatures. One man started it, and the website says it was his dream for a long time. So we are lucky that people like him exist 🙂 Thanks for pinning, it’s a great place to share x

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Tanya October 28, 2015 - 11:03 am

This place looks awesome, and I have a little boy who would love to go there.

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Sarah October 29, 2015 - 1:16 am

My kids absolutely loved it, they cant wait to go again

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Elaine Livingstone October 26, 2015 - 8:09 pm

wow place looks amazing.Sadly a bit too far away from us, love the span of sizes from the ones you can handle to the ones big enough to eat you. The signs made me laugh.

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Elaine Livingstone October 26, 2015 - 8:10 pm

over from #BusyDoingLife

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Sarah October 26, 2015 - 10:11 pm

Isn’t it amazing that something so cute can grow into something so predatory! The signs are brilliant, and for once my kids actually did what they were told lol 🙂

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