Three cute Australian freshwater crocodiles will cause a stir at Manly SEA LIFE Sanctuary from 26 June – just in time for the school holidays and two lucky kids will have the chance to be a ‘croc keeper’ for the day!
The two year-old ‘freshie’ crocs are just 30cm long and have come from Cairns Tropical Zoo to their new home Manly SEA LIFE Sanctuary, where they’ll stay for the next four to five years, before returning to Cairns as adult crocs.
The baby crocs will be sharing their new home with lizards and turtles. Freshwater crocs can grow up to two metres in length, weigh around 70 kilograms and can live between 80 to 120 years.
Thanks to Manly SEA LIFE Sanctuary in Sydney, Out & About with Kids has an exclusive competition, where two kids (and their parents) could WIN the amazing chance to spend time with the baby crocs and their keepers. Be a ‘croc keeper’ for one day and get up close and personal with these awesome reptiles. Go behind the scenes to learn how crocodiles live, help keep their home tidy and feed them their favourite food. Head to our Facebook page to enter.
Did you know?
- Their natural habitats are the freshwater creeks and billabongs of Australia’s northern regions
- Baby crocodiles feed mainly on fish, crustaceans and insects
- The bigger they get, the choosier they are about their food: they start to prey upon small mammals, birds and reptiles
- Each crocodile jaw has 24 teeth that are meant to grasp and crush, not chew. They swallow stones that grind food inside their stomachs
- Ninety-nine per cent of baby crocs are eaten in the first year after birth, by large fish, herons, monitor lizards and adult crocodiles
- Freshwater crocodiles spend 80-90 days in an egg the size of a chicken egg before hatching
- Crocodiles first appeared on earth 240 million years ago and lived with the dinosaurs
Visitors over the June school holidays will have the opportunity experience ‘Rise of the Reptiles’ to watch the brand new crocodile feed show, get creative with croc art and craft sessions, put their Reptilia knowledge to the test with the new quiz trail and learn how Manly SEA LIFE Sanctuary is helping critically endangered animals through their Breed, Rescue and Protect program.
With a whole aquarium to explore featuring one of Australia’s biggest oceanariums and over 4,000 animals, free guided tours and a hands-on interactive rockpool, Manly SEA LIFE Sanctuary offers a fun packed day for all ages!