Habi­tat’s croc cage at­trac­tion is all go

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - Chris Calcino

THE CaPTA Group has reignited a plan to put tourists face-to-face with croc­o­diles in a beefed-up ver­sion of the North­ern Ter­ri­tory’s world fa­mous Cage of Death.

Con­struc­tion has started on the Wildlife Habi­tat’s Cro­carena at Port Dou­glas af­ter the project hit road­blocks and failed to open a year ago.

Speak­ing at the Cairns ZOOM and Wildlife Dome, project man­ager Michael Wood­ward said the CaPTA Group ex­pected the new at­trac­tion to open its jaws to par­tic­u­larly lion-hearted tourists early next year.

He also re­vealed a plan to build a new climb­ing wall to add to ZOOM’s ex­ten­sive high ropes course above the Reef Ho­tel Casino.

“At our sis­ter at­trac­tion, Wildlife Habi­tat Port Dou­glas, we’ve got some grand plans,” he said.

“There’s the Cro­carena … we’re sub­mit­ting for grant fund­ing for it as well.”

Two grand­stands with seat­ing for more than 300 peo­ple will be built as well as an un­der­wa­ter view­ing area to al­low visi­tors to watch feed­ing from all an­gles, in­clud­ing star­ing them dead in their ma­li­cious eyes.

Wildlife Habi­tat’s res­i­dent rep­tiles are not the only ones get­ting new digs.

Colin the Lumholtz’s treekan­ga­roo has also moved into a ren­o­vated en­clo­sure.

De­spite be­ing a mostly soli­tary an­i­mal, the canopy-dwelling mar­su­pial still en­joys the occasional com­pany of a fe­male as part of the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s breed­ing pro­gram.

Wildlife Habi­tat man­ager Clare An­der­son said the en­clo­sure gave guests a bet­ter view of an an­i­mal that is no­to­ri­ously dif­fi­cult to spot in the wild.

“His en­clo­sure is much more stim­u­lat­ing than his pre­vi­ous one with nat­u­ral vines and trees to make his way through and plat­forms for feed­ing and sleep­ing on var­i­ous lev­els,” she said.

“With such close views of this amaz­ing species, you can re­ally see their in­cred­i­ble fore­arms and how they are adapted to life in the trees.”

Cro­cosaurus Cove in Dar­win is a pop­u­lar at­trac­tion

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