In between meetings this morning I decided to pop into Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo in The Dubai Mall to meet with two crocodiles all the way from Australia … call me eccentric but yes I do these things to keep me sane amongst all the hundreds of things that fall on my gorgeous lap day in day out.
Regarded as nature’s rare phenomenon, King Croc, the proud new addition, is one of the world’s largest reptiles. King Croc and his female companion of 20 years now reside in a special enclosure at Underwater Zoo that replicates their natural habitat. It has impressive credentials that will awe visitors. At over 5 metres long and weighing an imposing 750 kg plus, equivalent to the weight of over 15 fully-grown men, King Croc is 40 years old and has the potential to grow even bigger in the next 50 years of his expected lifespan.
Every aspect of King Croc makes it a truly unique addition to Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo. Its bite force is estimated to be about 3,700 pounds per square inch – the highest bite for by any animal. Its head alone weighs over 150 kg. The 60 razor-sharp teeth are the size of an average index finger.
King Croc comes to Dubai from a crocodile farm in Australia, where he has been residing since 1996. My PR friends from Asdaa mentioned that the transfer to Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo was facilitated in partnership with the Australian government authorities, after a careful review on the quality of the display, qualifications of staff caring for the animals, the educational purpose of the exhibit and the integrity of the business.
Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo will introduce a dedicated educational programme on crocodiles for schools, further adding to the edutainment attraction’s appeal, which is approved by the UAE Ministry of Education for school visits as part of the curriculum. King Croc and his companion will also be a key part of the year-round conservation campaigns undertaken by Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo as part of its commitment to promote environmental sustainability.
The new home for King Croc and his companion at Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo is three times the size specified for such species by the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums. It replicates the environment of Queensland with controlled humidity and constant monitoring of air quality and water temperature, which is maintained between 28 to 30 degree C. The crocodiles are expected to spend nearly 90 per cent of their time in the central 150 sq m pool, which has a number of fish species, and the remaining time resting on land area with heated tiles.
While there, I did my usual round of meeting my favourite colourful fish exhibits and went on top of the Aquarium tempted to dive in but alas…it was time for my next meeting!