Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo has unveiled its latest addition to take up residence in a newly built enclosure – King Croc and his female companion of over 20 years.
As one of the world’s largest reptiles, King Croc is over five-metres long and weighs an imposing 750kg plus – that’s the equivalent weight of over 15 fully-grown men. And at 40 years old he has the potential to grow even bigger over the next 50 years.
Hailing from Australia where he has been living for almost two decades, King Croc has made the move over to Dubai under the strict guidance of the Australian government authorities, who carefully reviewed the quality of the display, qualifications of staff caring for the duo and the educational purpose of the exhibit.
The home for the new royals is three times the size specified for crocodiles as marked by the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums and replicates the environment of Queensland, Australia with controlled humidity and constant monitoring of air quality and water temperature.
Maitha Al Dossari, Chief Executive Officer of Emaar Retail LLC, said the arrival of King and Queen Croc bring a fascinating new learning experience for visitors to the aquarium: “It underlines our commitment to enhance our offering and captivate our audiences with exceptional attractions that can seldom be discovered in a mall environment.
“These large aquatic reptiles have a history of over 60 million years surviving through different environments and terrains. Through our exhibit, we are offering the exciting opportunity for our visitors to learn more about crocodiles and their role in the ecosystem. This marks the first time a crocodile of this size finds his home with in a mall in a major city.”
Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo, already houses dwarf African crocodiles, caiman crocodiles, as well as Humboldt penguins, piranhas, giant spider crabs and small claw otters.