Saturday, 21 October 2017

Madras Crocodile Bank, Chennai

Crocodile Park
The Madras Crocodile Bank is a best suitable place for a weekend trip from Chennai. It is located 45 KM (25 miles) from Chennai, 15 KM north of Mahabalipuram a tourist attraction on the East Coast Road (ECR) in Tamilnadu, India. It will take about an hour travel by road to reach this place from Chennai, comfortable distance for a weekend trip with family and friends. It is located at the coastal land nestled with natural forest environment. This coastal line has large breeding place for water birds and sea turtles. The Madras Crocodile Bank plays a very important role in spreading awareness on the ecological benefits of crocodiles. This is one of the largest reptile zoos in the World and Asia’s first crocodile breeding center. The Madras Crocodile Bank was created with an objective to safe guard three crocodile species namely, saltwater crocodile, gharial and mugger crocodiles. The Gharial is also known as gavial, it is a fish eating crocodile and Mugger crocodile is also known as Marsh crocodile. Initially, the Crocodile Bank was built as a repository of crocodiles for safe grooming with protection and later released to wild environment. Over a period of time, releasing crocodiles into wild habitat was stopped due to lack of suitable environment. After years of crocodile protection, Crocodile Bank expanded with Lizards, Snakes and Turtles. This Crocodile bank is more than a zoo, best place for crocodile conservation, breeding, safe guarding and research. This is also known as Crocodile Park as it has large scale of crocodile collections.

Crocodile Bank has more than 2500 reptiles from all around the World. It has wide collections of crocodiles and alligators. From the beginning, there were thousands of crocodiles released back to the wild, sent to zoos across the World. It is home to variety of crocodile species which are kept in bunches in separate open ponds, it is very rare to see them moving around. But, when a staff throws a piece of meat we can see the activeness of these crocodiles. It is awesome to see the way it catches the food from the feeder. The key attraction is the giant crocodile ‘Jaw’ which is a ‘must see’ in this Crocodile Bank. This famous celebrity is the largest crocodile in captivity, in India may be in the World. It first arrived into the Crocodile Bank in 1976, first few years it looks normal then outgrown in size. The authorities kept ‘Jaws’ in a separate pond due to its’ size and strength. Visitors can watch the feeding session for this Jaw at 4:30 PM on Sundays. The Crocodile feeding session should not be missed by the visitors; it is on Sundays at 11:30 AM, 12:30 PM, 4:30 PM and 5:00 PM. It will be good if you can visit during Crocodile Park feeding time to enjoy the trip. The Crocodile Bank’s experts provide weekend guided tour with presentations on crocodiles and other reptiles.
Watch Madras Bank

Though this Crocodile Bank originally started with conservation objective for crocodiles, it becomes weekend spot now. Visitors will get interactive experience in guided tours organized by Crocodile Bank officials, can gather interesting information about these species, it is a great place for research students. No one should miss the Snake Venom center located in the Crocodile Bank where they demonstrate the venom extraction which is used for making anti-venom medicine. It is a spine chilling experience to see the deadly poisonous snakes are handled at ease by professionals. This Crocodile Bank also conducts education programmes for school children, environment enthusiasts and do village trip, field camps on a regular basis. Also, it serves as a large natural laboratory for research students to study the behaviour, features, breeding of the reptiles within close range.

Visiting Time - 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM (Monday Holiday)

Crocodile Park Entry Fee - For Adult Rs. 50 and for Children below 10 years Rs. 30

Night Safari - Tuesday to Sunday (Booking required) - 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM

Night Safari Entry Fee - For Adult Rs. 200 and for Children below 10 years Rs. 100

Location -East Coast Road (ECR), 45 KM from Chennai on the way to Mahabalipuram, Tamilnadu, India.

How to engage with Madras Crocodile Bank, Chennai:


Apart from visiting this Crocodile Bank, if you love reptiles, you can engage with them in multiple ways. If you are interested in any of the below, you can connect with Crocodile Bank’s authorities for the application.

Volunteer Program: This is for enthusiasts who is 18 years and above. Volunteer gets an opportunity to work throughout the Zoo on various tasks. There are many ongoing interesting projects in which you can get engaged. Dormitory (shared) style accommodation, Indian food are provided for the volunteers. Crocodile Bank welcomes volunteers with minimum 2 – 4 weeks duration.

Docent Program: This is a long term engagement with Madras Crocodile Bank. In this program, they teach the participants on all basic skills required for the conservation of reptiles. If anyone aged above 18 years, staying around this Crocodile Bank within 50 KM and can spend at least one day in a month can join this program.

Film Making: Crocodile Bank offers best environment for wildlife documentary and films. It acts as a facilitator for various production companies. If you are interested to take documentary film on wildlife reptiles, connect with them to get a schedule.

Donate: The wildlife enthusiast can engage with Crocodile Bank by offering donation to support their conservation and operational goals.

Adopt a Reptile: If you find any favourite reptile in the Crocodile Bank, you can adopt them. The reptile continues to live in the zoo, but your support will help to maintain them and conservation.

28 comments:

eileeninmd said...

Hello, that is a lot of Crocodiles. It sounds like a neat park and attraction to visit. Happy Sunday, enjoy your new week ahead.

Lowcarb team member said...

So many crocodiles!

All the best Jan

Olga Hebert said...

This spot does not tempt me as much as some of the other sites you have shared!

Beauty Unearthly said...

Interesting post dear! thanks for sharing xx

messymimi said...

My #2 Son and i are huge reptile fans, he would adore this place. It will have to go on my wishlist for someday. Even if i can't go, i'd love to save up and send him.

Rose World said...

Wow! That is a crocodile santuary. I am not sure I would like to visit it haha. Kind of freak me out.

Christine said...

Sounds like an interesting place to visit!

Debbie said...

great post, i enjoyed all of the information!! i really enjoyed reading about the volunteer program, good stuff!!

Hootin' ♥ Anni said...

Wow....this area is amazing! And so worth while in the efforts of saving/conserving the natural habitat and educating the public!! I am very impressed.

Elephant's Child said...

Wow. I can't imagine seeing so many crocodiles at once. It sounds like a well organised park.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

It's amazing to see that much wildlife in one place! WOW! Such an interesting post...thanks for all the info!

Angela said...

That is wonderful that they are saving these animals. Crocodiles are very interesting creatures. Thank you for your visit and comment!

Theresa Mahoney said...

I think it would be fun to go on a tour and see all of the different crocodiles. Sounds like a very interesting place to go for a weekend trip!

Nancy Chan said...

So many crocodiles! I will give this park a miss, no thank you. I don't like crocodiles because they are scary!

jack69 said...

Imma tell you that is a lot of Crocs' Very interesting read. Thanks for the information. I would like one day to see India and the beautiful and interesting places you show

Tom said...

...a place that I'd like to view from afar!

Lois said...

I would have to admire them from afar!

Rajesh said...

I have heard of this place. Yet to visit this.

Red Rose Alley said...

What an interesting reptile zoo. Wow, look at the crocodiles! I'd love to see the crocodile "jaw." It's nice that they welcome volunteers there too. : ) That's special that you can adopt a reptile as well.

~Sheri

Denise inVA said...

It looks like a fascinating place. Thank you for sharing it.

Angie said...

I am not likely to visit India, so I am pleased to see your pictures. It's also wonderful to know this place is doing so much for conservation - we need more of this throughout the world.

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

I know my grandchildren would like to visit a place such as this to learn more about crocodiles and alligators and see them in action in a safe way.

Pam Jackson said...

Wow...that is a lot of croc....haha...sorry! It would be cool to see all those critters.

Al said...

What a fascinating place! There's a reptile conservation place in Colorado, it survives by using natural hot springs to keep the reptiles alive through our cold winters.

Margaret-whiteangel said...

Certainly plenty there, wouldn't miss them, would you!

A. George said...

I'm not a fan of reptiles! I do love alligator. There's a restaurant here that serves alligator pasta. Yum!

Cheryl @ TFD said...

This is a very interesting post! I enjoyed it. Thanks for stopping by my blog and commenting. Have a nice weekend!

NatureFootstep said...

well, crocks is not really my first pick on a trip. :)

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