Monday, 3 October 2016

Pak Mat The Croc Tamer



This not just another babe to play around with. Crocodiles are large aquatic reptiles that lives throughout the tropics in Africa, Asia, the Americas and Australia. They are the subfamily of Crocodylinae that is considered as true crocodile. 

It was not my first time encounter with this crocodile thingy, but a first visit to any crocodile farm. My first crocodile related experience as a blogger was when I attended the launching of Season 2  Natgeo wild's Dangeruous Encounter with Brady Barr at Zoo Negara back in 2012. That was when I had the opportunity to see before my eyes how Dr Brady Barr a crocodile expert wrestle and catch a crocodile bare handed. Read HERE.

At the Telok Sengat Crocodile Farm however there's no Dr Brady Barr, however but there's Pak Mat the caretaker. The crocodiles seems to react well to his high pitch hoarse voice and banging on the wheelbarrow that brings lunch to the crocs. 


Telok Sengat Crocodile Farm is the largets crocodile farm in Malaysia and one of the popular attractions for tourists visiting this South Eastern part of Peninsular Malaysia. There are more than 1000 beasts in this farm alone.

The farm is around 10 acres in size consisting of 8 breeding ponds and 81 concrete cement breeding ponds each holding between 50 to 100 crocodiles. 

Crocodylus Porosus has a life span of between 70 to 100 years. The oldest crocodile in the farm had been living there since it was founded in 1950.  

Male crocodiles seems to have a larger body compared to the females and can grow up to 20 feet in length weighing at least  a thousand kilos. Female crocodile weigh much lighter about 500 kilo and can grow up to 9 feet in length. 

Crocodile mating season starts in August and thats a good month to visit the farm. While walking along the corridors surrounding the breeding pond, I was shown a pair of crocodile stay guard of her egg. 


Visiting the farm can be an educational activity where we can learn about crocodiles and their habitats. We learn that crocodile does not fall sick because its fat content id antiseptic and can heal itself. 

After our visit only I knew that there many benefits of the crodocile. The meat is low in fat, low in cholesterol and has hgh protein. The bone contains lots of calcium and phosporus while the tail is rich n colloid. The tongue is rich in protein and essential amino acids. Its heart is good for cardiovascular circulatory system while the gall bladder is good for detoxification and enhance metabolism. 

Desaru Crocodile Farm also extract crocodile oil from farmed crocodile from 100% of pure croc fat. 
 Visitors can also buy crocodile meat or try the crocodile meat soup. 

Entrance Fee is RM8 for Adults and RM4.00 for children. Visitors can also buy prosessed chicken from the farm and have the experience of feeding the crodocile. 

HOW TO GO 

70.4 Km about 1hr 14 minutes through Route 3/AH18 and Jalan Kota Tinggi Pengerang/Route92. You can also drive through the Senai Desaru Expressway by taking the Ulu Tiram Exit and drive towards Bandar Penawar. 


 Route from Johor Bharu City Centre
Route from Desaru Beach Resorts

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