Dubai Crocodile Park: A Fascinating Encounter with African Reptiles
Dubai Crocodile Park, spanning over 20,000 square meters and housing 250 Nile crocodiles, has recently opened its doors, welcoming residents and tourists alike. Offering a unique experience, the park boasts a natural history museum and an aquarium, all within a space designed to replicate the natural habitat of these African reptiles. Notably, the park features an innovative water heating and cooling system.
The primary objective of the park, as explained by Tarryn Clare, the Exhibit Curator, is to educate visitors about these incredible creatures. The founders of the park are deeply passionate about crocodiles and aim to transform the public’s fascination and fear into a general curiosity to learn more about their remarkable abilities and adaptability.
The park’s natural history museum showcases various intriguing facts, including the crocodile’s coexistence with dinosaurs and their survival through mass extinctions, thanks to their adaptability.
The crocodiles found in the park, the second-largest reptile species globally, were transported to Dubai via plane from Tunisia and other African countries. These crocodiles can grow up to six meters in length and live for up to a century. While the average age of crocodiles in the park is 25, visitors have the opportunity to observe and even hold four-month-old baby crocodiles.
Feeding time is a highly anticipated moment for visitors. To ensure a smooth feeding experience and minimize congestion, the park has implemented multiple feeding points. Contrary to popular belief, crocodiles do not consume substantial amounts of food. They can fast for months and typically eat twice a week, consuming no more than five kilograms of chicken or beef during each feeding.
Crocodiles, known for their relatively small brains, exhibit a remarkable laziness. If not hungry, they tend to conserve energy and avoid unnecessary movement.
The park’s museum enlightens visitors about the Nile crocodile’s incredible bite force, which amounts to 1,600 kg/cm2, surpassing that of sharks (300 kg/cm2) and humans (60 kg/cm2).
During the incubation period, which lasts approximately 15 days, the temperature plays a critical role in determining the crocodile’s gender. For the Nile crocodile, temperatures ranging between 28 to 30°C or 33 to 34°C predominantly yield females, while temperatures between 30 to 33°C are more likely to produce males.
Dubai Crocodile Park welcomes visitors from 10:00 to 22:00 GST, providing an opportunity for an enthralling encounter with these captivating African reptiles.