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Thailand’s crocodile haven back in action

(ANN/THE NATION) – After a three-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the renowned Samut Prakan Crocodile Farm and Zoo in Thailand is poised to welcome visitors once again.

Established in 1950, this iconic attraction has evolved into one of the largest crocodile sanctuaries globally, boasting a population of over 60,000 crocodiles.

On Wednesday, the farm extended an invitation to journalists, offering them a sneak peek into the ongoing preparations for its grand reopening.

Attendees were treated to a display of thrilling performances, showcasing the remarkable bond between trainers and crocodiles, with handlers engaging in audacious feats such as wrestling the reptiles and daringly placing their heads inside the creatures’ gaping jaws.

The entertainment didn’t stop at crocodile shows. Elephants at the farm demonstrated their own set of skills, engaging in activities like tightrope walking, dancing, and even showcasing their artistic talents through painting.

One of the farm’s most notable residents is Yai, a gargantuan crocodile who has earned the title of the largest in captivity. Measuring approximately 6 metres in length and weighing in at 1,114 kilogrammes, Yai is a testament to the farm’s success in crocodile conservation and care.

The facility is home to a diverse array of crocodile species, including freshwater, saltwater, and Siamese crocodiles, alongside other animal inhabitants and a dinosaur museum, enriching the visitor experience with a variety of attractions.

Situated in the Muang district of Samut Prakan, the farm implements a dual pricing strategy for entry, charging THB80 for Thai adults and THB40 for Thai children, with foreign visitors being asked to pay THB300 for adults and THB200 for children.

This reopening marks a significant milestone for the farm, inviting tourists and animal enthusiasts to explore its vast offerings and witness the majesty of its inhabitants firsthand.

PHOTO: ANN/THE NATION
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