During my holidays in the south of France i came across a fantastic place called “La Ferme aux Crocodiles”, the crocodile farm.
This amazing park is in Pierrelatte, in the Gard, which is famous for its massive power station.
Located in the Rhône valley the farm is only 1h30 away from Lyon.
It is a farm!
Yes, it is called a farm, but they don’t kill crocodiles for their skins. They save them!
The main purpose of the farm is to display, breed and the conservation of crocodilians.
You can see very rare crocodiles here like the gharial, the false gharial and the black caiman, which are as rare in captivity as they are in their natural habitat.
The Crocodile Farm is also furnished with a laboratory and hatchery for the purposes of scientific research and animal conservation.
How many animals do they have?
- Ten species of crocodiles
- Aldabra and Galapagos giant tortoises
- Tropical fish and birds
In total over 400 animals living on the premises.
They recreate their natural habitat using the cooling water from the power station.
The park is composed of 8,000 m2 and 1,200 m2 conservatories and an outdoor area of 4,000m2. It holds over 600 exotic plant species.
Chills in the back
I visited this place many times and every time it fascinates me and I learn new things!
The very first time I visited the place, I was looking after kids in a holiday camp. It must have been around 1998. I saw a bunch of baby crocodiles after their eggs hatched and they were running on two feet! They informed us then that they were rescued at Heathrow airport as someone was trying to smuggle them into the UK. Imagine this! They could have been released in the river Thames!!
The link in surveying business is not obvious, but during a building survey, surveyors assess the presence of pests in the building. Imagine what a surveyor would think when visiting this place!
I would urge you to visit this place as it is worth a visit and it is perfect for kids…. no, really! It is completely safe and very educational.
To find out more:
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