Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Langkawi Crocodile Farm

Experience the Excitement in Langkawi Crocodile Farm
Sprawling 20 acres, the Langkawi Crocodile Farm is specially designed and landscaped with beautiful plantation and greenery, making it looks like a recreation park. Different species of crocodiles are being kept in specific ponds, where visitors can have a thorough look at the crocodiles while walking around.

Nearly 1,000 crocodiles are being showcased in different ponds - which consist of the Periodical Pond, the Breeding Pond, the Bridge Pond, the Feeding Pond, the Jumping Pond and the Show Pond. The first section you will see once entering the crocodile farm is the Periodical Pond. Here, crocodiles are being segregated according to their age. Thus, you will get to see crocodiles of different ages and sizes. Most of the crocodiles in this section are inactive, where many of them are lying around, soaking in the small pond or even sleeping with their mouths wide open.

The Bridge Pond is the largest section with lots of huge and active crocodiles. A bridge is built across the huge pond where visitors can get a closer look at the crocodiles from top. Standing on the wooden bridge, you will feel somewhat scary and exciting as those gigantic and sharp-teethed creatures staring at you. Sometimes, you might even see them fighting with each other. Thus, for your own safety, it is advisable not to lean closely against the fence and always take cautious step while walking on the bridge because the crocodiles are merely 5 feet underneath the wooden bridge.

The signage welcoming you to the crocodile farm.

The Bridge Pond where you will encounter many big and active crocodiles.

Crocodile Shows
The major attractions in Langkawi Crocodile Farm are the feeding show and stunt show scheduled at different timeslots. There will be a feeding show at the Bridge Pond, around 11.00am. The trained personnel of the crocodile farm will be go into the pond with a bucket of fishes on his hand. Blowing his whistle, all the huge crocodiles will move to his direction, waiting to be fed. This will be a very exciting show as seeing the farm personnel feeds the crocodiles in a close distance.
Besides, there will also be an exciting wrestling show between a man and the crocodile. You will be stunned by all the dangerous stunts done by the man. This wrestling show will be held at the Show Pond, at 2.45 pm. Thus, if you do not wish to miss all the exciting show, plan your time wisely while visiting the Langkawi Crocodile Farm.

Next, the “Bujang Kawi” is one of the not-to-be-missed attractions in Langkawi Crocodile Farm. It is a crocodile of the Porosus species, the largest species in the world. However, this 20-year-old crocodile is handicapped where he was born with an abnormal jaw without teeth. Due to this abnormality, he needs extensive care and the personnel in the farm will have to take care of him like a baby.

Though weighted more that 1,000 pounds, “Bujang Kawi” does not act as aggressively as other crocodiles. He is being kept in an individual area, adjacent to the bridge pond. Thus, while visiting the crocodile farm, pay a visit to the one-and-only “Bujang Kawi” and you will get to know more about him from the profile provided in front of his pond.

Remember to look out for the 20-year-old toothless Bujang Kawi of Porosus species.

Feeding show is usually on at 11:00am

Coming out from the Langkawi Crocodile Farm, you will see the Porosus Shop that sells luxurious and upscale genuine crocodile leather goods. Prices for the leather goods range from RM 120 for a keychain to approximately RM 40, 000 for a ladies handbag. Other than all the pricy leather goods, you can also find some small souvenirs, such as postcard, keychain and T-shirts.

Get some souvenir at the Porosus Shop before you leave.

Admission Fees & Getting Here
Opening daily from 10 am to 6 pm, the entrance fee to Langkawi Crocodile Farm is RM 15 for adult(for local visitors with Malaysian ID) and RM 10 for child.
Non-citizen visitors will pay RM20 for adult and RM15 for child.
There will be an additional surcharge of RM 1 for bringing in camera.
The Langkawi Crocodile Farm is located at Teluk Datai, approximately 30 km away from Kuah Town. For those staying in Pantai Kok and Pantai Cenang, use the Pantai Kok Road and head to the Teluk Yu Road. Turn left into the Teluk Datai Road and you will be able to see a crocodile signboard after the Natural History Tours. This place is easily accessible by car, you may opt to drive yourself or by taking a cab.



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