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Crocoloco LTD

Breeding ponds for the Nile Crocodile Farm in the Arava

Background:

The Crocoloco Crocodile Farm at the Ein Hatzeva Junction in the Arava is a unique desert farm for growing African Nile crocodiles, which combines both agriculture and tourism. The farm was established in 2006, and raises crocodiles which will be exported to Europe. The farm also serves as one of the region’s central tourist attractions, presently on a small pilot-level scale. When the authorities will finish bringing the necessary infrastructure up to the head of the farm, a large and well-planned tourist attraction will be established.  It is planned to set up a visitors’ center which will include a restaurant, café, information station from which desert tours will depart. There will also be a souvenir shop that will sell both items connected to crocodiles as well as local artwork and products. The site will serve as the main tourist attraction at the northern entrance to the Central Arava, providing a high-level spot for travelers on the way to Eilat to take a break. When the entire project is finished it will employ 50 workers, most of them local, thereby contributing to the population of the region which suffers from limited employment opportunities aside from agriculture.

Crocoloco began with a small breeding nucleus of Nile crocodiles with the aim of enlarging this group by raising some of the young crocodiles to maturity and breeding them. Some 250 sub-adult crocodiles are being raised in an intermediate breeding pond, and every effort is made towards bringing them to maturity so that they will become part of the laying cycle, thereby increasing the production of eggs from the current level up to some 3,000 eggs per year. Since they were put in this pond three years ago, the young crocodiles have enjoyed the climatic conditions of the Arava as well as the brackish geothermal water.

The crocodiles have developed and grown quickly, and in this breeding group there are already some 40 crocodiles that have achieved maturity and begun to lay eggs. At this stage it is necessary to transfer them to a new breeding pond of their own, in which they will have all of the conditions required for laying eggs regularly every year.

Objectives:

The main objective of the project is to provide a new open breeding pond for some 100 crocodiles. Next year it is planned to build an additional open breeding pond which will be used by about 100 of these crocodiles. The pond will be built to look like natural surroundings in order to be a part of the tourist attraction, while at the same time creating optimal laying areas. The pond can be divided into two individual ponds, containing separate areas to divide different groups of crocodiles.

Contact:
Ofer Kubbi

052-8991088