Wednesday, 1 November 2017
TUARAN: The Crocodile Farm (Part 2)
Before I begin the story of crocodiles, visitors would be very impressed with the gold colored fish inside a pond at Taman Buaya (Crocodile Farm) in Tuaran, about 16 miles from the capital Jesselton (Kota Kinabalu). I believed they are the Japanese Carp. Packets of fish pallets are hanged around this pond and visitors could buy them at two ringgit per pack. These fish knows when you pick one and they get very excited while swimming towards you. Then they will splash around in wild frenzy.
The Tuaran Crocodile Farm is one of the largest in North Borneo (Sabah) boasting of having 1000 crocodiles on 7 acres of land. At this farm, most of the species displayed here are the Buaya Tembaga or better known as the notorious Saltwater Crocodile (crocodylus porosus). Its habitat is widespread throughout Southeast Asia and also Australia. The Australian called them "Salty". Saltwater Crocodile is unique because it lives in brackish water especially in mangrove swamps. Numerous documentary films had recorded these crocodiles swimming in the sea. There are very rare occasions in Borneo that these crocodiles had attacked and even eaten men, especially in the rivers of Sarawak.
Everyday, for about 15 minutes, crocodile trainers will display their courage by performing risky moves such as lying on the crocodile's back, kissing them and putting their hands inside the reptile's mouth! These performers assured us they are ever ready with contingency plans should the unexpected occurred; for indeed crocodiles are wild animal and their behaviors cannot be predicted. Watching them close together can be nerve-wracking!
The crocodile pond looks peaceful and serene but suddenly the water exploded with action due to the violent splashing. It was feeding time which displayed the aggressiveness of the crocodiles as they muscled their ways to get close to the worker who fed them. Dead chicken were thrown into the pond and the crocodiles rushed to get to their foods. I noticed the smaller reptiles would avoid congregating with the bigger crocodiles as they battled it out for supremacy inside this enclosure.
This farm is also a mini zoo. It has rabbits, civet, otter, deer and ostrich. Except for the rabbits, all the other mammals look miserable and lonely. They are all alone without pairs or companions. The ostrich was so happy to see people as it tries to come close to them; as if requesting for attention. When they were no one around, the ostrich will stand still. The moment it sees people coming, it will come walking towards them!
For more information
THE TUARAN CROCODILE FARM
The Crocodile Show
YouTube Video 1
YouTube Video 2
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