Chen­nai Croc­o­dile Bank

India Today - - SIMPLY CHENNAI -

The ideal spot to spend a laid- back Sun­day af­ter­noon, the Croc­o­dile Bank is the first croc­o­dile breed­ing cen­tre in Asia and is also one of the largest rep­tile zoos in the world. The bank was set up in 1976 by famed her­petol­o­gist Ro­mu­lus Whi­taker with an aim to con­serve three en­dan­gered species of crocodiles — the mug­ger croc­o­dile, the saltwater croc­o­dile and the ghar­ial.

One of the world’s largest col­lec­tions of crocodiles and al­li­ga­tors are bred and pro­tected in their nat­u­ral habi­tat here and an in- house snake farm is used to pro­duce anti- venom as well. The Croc­o­dile Bank is spread over eight and a half acres of land and is home to over 2500 rep­tiles. To­day the cen­tre which lies on the East Coast Road is a highly pop­u­lar tourist des­ti­na­tion and sees more than half a mil­lion vis­i­tors per year. The Croc­o­dile Bank is closed on Mon­days and open from 8.30 am to 5.30 pm through the rest of the week. At No. 4, Ma­mal­la­pu­ram Tel 27472447

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