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See The Crocs At The Parque Crocodrilos

September 19, 2011 by  
Filed under Travel Guide

If, after a few days of lounging on the beach, you feel like a break from the sun, sea and sand there are many other attractions to enjoy on your Gran Canaria holidays. One of the most visited is the Parque Crocodrilos, which started out in 1988 as a refuge for a few unwanted crocodiles and now is home to over 300 of this ancient species.

Starting with those first few crocs, the refuge has since taken in chimpanzees, monkeys and exotic birds that have become too much of a problem for their owners.

There are all types of crocodiles from all around the world and they range in size from the small Florida Everglades crocodile to the huge specimens seen in the Nile. The Nile crocodiles are fed three times a day, which always attracts a crowd just to see those razor sharp teeth.

There is a cacti garden for plant lovers, and a restaurant that offers a free parrot show for the kids.

As well as the primates and reptiles there is also a family of Bengal tigers which are part of the breeding programme which the park has embarked on in the past few years.

The park is a non-profit enterprise and all the entrance money goes to the upkeep of the place, so not only do you get a great day out but you are also helping to support this valuable animal welfare project.

The Parque Crocodrilos de Corralillos is located a couple of kilometres away from the town of Aguímes, and is easily accessible by bus from the town.

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