The Madras Crocodile Bank Trust and Centre for Herpetology (or Croc Bank) was the brain child of the legendary Romulus Whitaker and Zai Whitaker along with a handful of like-minded conservation visionaries who began work on the facility in 1976, in a desperate effort to save India’s dwindling crocodilian populations. Today, after several formidable years of cutting edge science and grassroots education, the Croc Bank remains a world leader in the field of frontline conservation and the preservation of natural landscapes.
The Croc Bank currently consists of a large reptile park near Chennai, Southern India, and several field projects located throughout the subcontinent reaching as far afield as the Nicobar Islands. The zoo sees close to half a million visitors per year making it one of the most popular tourist attractions along the famous East Coast Road.
JR. ZOO KEEPER FOR A DAY
If your dream has been to work in a zoo, Croc Bank provides an opportunity to be a zoo keeper for a day and help our keepers out with caring for our crocs, snakes, lizards and chelonians. Experience for yourself the thrill of being a caretaker in a reptile zoo.
One can get to know the Croc Bank and its inhabitants better with a pre booked guided tour with a trained Croc Bank guide. On the tour you can get information on topics ranging from the animals we keep to personal anecdotes of the people who work here.
Croc Bank offers the ultimate birthday experience for kids. We help you organize parties filled with fun and games with a special tour around the Croc Bank and a unique chance to see some reptiles up close. This will be an a birthday like no other.
At croc bank we organize different competitions for all age groups including Story telling, Poster designing, Painting and a lot more.
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Of the many other lessons I learnt here, this was the most important one – learn what you can from the mainstream media but don’t let that be your image of what wildlife conservation is. Far from it, very few of the tireless efforts are ever reported or telecasted. I’m glad I chose the Croc Bank as one of my early Meccas for studying conservation because as great as the other places are, I’m sure they couldn’t match the amount of dedication, expertise and care the people who work here display. I only hope the places I visit next stand up to the high standards set by MCBT.
Croc bank is nothing less than a home, and everyone here is nothing less than a family. It turns out I am finding it hard to physically detach myself from this place, Mentally and emotionally I will always be attached and look forward to future associations. Volunteering at the croc bank has given me the confidence that I needed to go ahead and convert my passion towards a challenging career path.
The MCBT campus itself is a dream for city living nature lovers. Apart from the animals on display, it’s home to many species of trees, bugs, birds, reptiles and amphibians. All in all, there are many words that I could use to describe my experience – immersive, educational, exciting, but I would hardly call it an act of bravery.