Madras Crocodile Bank is all about that “ajeeb jaanwar jo kitna bhi khaaye, ek aur bandar ko sawari dene ke liye tayaar hi rehta hai”.
1. The Madras Crocodile Bank Trust is a reptile zoo which 40km south of Chennai, Tamil Nadu. It is registered under the Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972 as a trust and a recognized zoo.
2. Madras Crocodile Bank had a sole purpose in its establishment, which was to save three endangered species of crocodile: the saltwater crocodile, the mugger crocodile, and the gharial. All three of these species were on the verge of extinction at the time of establishment.
3. Being the biggest sanctuary in India, it has one of the world’s largest collections of crocodiles and alligators. It has bred over 5000 crocodiles and alligators and has a total of 2,483 animals as of 2011.
4. The Bank’s current goal is “To promote the conservation of reptiles and amphibians and their habitats through education, scientific research and captive breeding.
5. The ZOO is open for the general public from Tuesday to Sunday, from 09:00 am to 05:30 pm. Ticket for an adult costs Rs 100/- and for children below 10 Rs 50/-. It has also started the night safari for visitors costing Rs 300, time is from 07:00 pm to 08:30 pm (as of 2021).
6. The Madras Crocodile Bank has a veterinary section with an onsite vet. The Veterinary Staff helps in ensuring proper health and maintenance of the animals in the zoo. Regular medical examinations and tests are conducted to ensure the health of animals. Each animal is given a unique tag number to access its medical history during treatment.
8. Yes, we are saying “animals” all this while because the Crocbank is home to many species of different animals other than crocodiles. These include turtles, snakes and lizards.
9. The Madras Crocodile Bank is the major tourist attraction of Mahabalipuram, with over 4,00,000 visitors annually!
All in all, Crocbank is a curious place to explore at least once in life. But if you are thinking otherwise, then, “rehna hai raho, jaana hai jao ‘we’ don’t give a crocodile’s ass!” (Salaam Namaste)
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