A grand day out: Crocodiles in the Cotswolds

Did you know that the UK’s only Crocodile zoo is right here on your doorstep? This year, 2021, is a significant year in the life of the zoo, as it marks our 10-year anniversary. Whilst we did not have a great deal to celebrate at the start of the year, we have been delighted from this summer to be welcoming visitors back to Crocodiles of the World and are so grateful for all the fundraising, messages of support and donations that quite literally kept us going and enabled us to continue sharing our passion for crocodiles. 

With over 100 crocodilian, there is nowhere else in the UK that you can come face-to-face with so many crocodiles, alligators and caiman. We have re-introduced our feeding times, as well as our keeper experiences which bring you even closer to the wild. These include our junior crocodile keeper experience, Nile Croc Feed experience and Meet the Meerkats. These make the perfect gift for all animal lovers and will be a day to remember.

Crocodiles of the World started as one man’s dream to make the world a kinder, more compassionate place for crocodiles, especially those species listed as endangered in the wild. The zoo started life at Crawley Mill in Witney, but as visitor numbers (and the crocodiles!) grew, we relocated to the former Foxbury Farm site in Brize Norton. Here we have expanded year-after-year to provide a unique visitor experience, as well as keeper experiences and school visits.

The zoo has gone from strength-to-strength since opening in 2011 and is now home to 18 of the 24 crocodile species, including critically endangered species. As a registered charity, The Crocodiles of the World Foundation contributes to vital research and conservation programs, not only for crocodiles but also other endangered animals at the zoo including Komodo dragons and Cotton-top tamarins. 

It has been an amazing journey so far. Ten years ago, we had a vision to help facilitate crocodile conservation and educate visitors about these incredible animals. Over the last 10 years, we have had around half-a-million visitors, including school visits, and so if we have sparked an interest into crocodiles, perhaps inspired croc keepers or conservationists of the future, then that is just incredible and exactly what the zoo set out to achieve. 

Visit our website www.crocodilesoftheworld.co.uk where you can pre-book tickets, find timings for feeds, read our latest news and more. Whilst you are there, you can take a look at our animal adoptions as well as our online gift shop where you will find snappy souvenirs for all the family including COTW clothing, cuddly toys and our 2022 official zoo calendar.  

We hope to see you at the zoo soon.  

Becky Mansfield (PR and marketing)

February – March 2022