So Dubai is planning a Crocodile Park.....why am I not happy with the idea? It is the statement "He added that it would not only be an amusement park but also an educational destination." I can read all sorts of things into that. I am all for education but not amusement. I recall with horror watching a so called educational show Davao Crocodile Park Roadshow in the Phillippines and an even worse one in Sri Racha Tiger Zoo in Thailand.
I have a particular affection for crocodilians. I am not against them being farmed for their leather nor of people eating them, though I don't care for the taste myself. What I am especially against is the abuse that these magnificent creatures face in the many collections they are held. Crocodiles are, of practically all captive animals, a minor maintenance species. Apart from food a little bit of enrichment they need very little attention. They certainly do not to be teased out of the water with bits of chicken or beef for the 'amusement' (there's that word again) of visitors. It is the way it is done that matters. There is definitely no room for Crocodile wrestling (or Alligators) in my book.
Now I know that Steve Irwin has been bestowed sainthood by many but I am going to say it anyhow.... and there is no doubt he did a lot of good in zoo promotion, but he has a lot to answer for too. Many think the bravado way to manage crocodiles is the way it is done. It isn't. They are placid creatures which just want to get on with doing what crocodiles do best. Eating, basking, sleeping.