Jurong Reptile and Crocodile Paradise
The Jurong Reptile and Crocodile Paradise, also known as the Jurong Reptile Park is located only a short distance away from the magnificent Jurong Bird Park in Singapore. If one were to visit the Bird Park first I imagine that most people would expect a reptilian equivalent, and indeed 'Paradise' is in the name. Nothing could be further from the truth.
The park is open daily from 09.00-16.00 each day and was apparently built at a cost of ten million Singapore dollars. One wonders where the money was spent. I cannot find it in myself to recommend a visit here.
This is one of a series of zoo reports that was actually included within my travel journal ‘The Itinerant ZooKeeper’. Initially I started to extract the zoo data but found the reading was diminished by it. So look on it as a zoo/travel article. The only major edits I have done is a little censoring and to remove the Casanova exploits.
Leaving the bird park I walked across the car park to the 'Jurong Reptile and Crocodile Paradise'. As I climbed the loose tiled steps and walked down the dark dusty hallway to the entrance I knew I was in for a completely different experience. Seven dollars to get in. I doubt it was worth an eighth of that.
The first enclosure I came to contained several large (not huge) Reticulated Pythons. This pen was too small, shitty and dirty. That really set the picture for the rest of the collection.
Everywhere was dirty and rundown. One third of the collection was closed and the grounds were untidy. The only building which seemed to be getting any attention was that for the 'Reptile Show'. This appeared to be a typical crocodile show cum teasing set up. That said I never saw any show and there were only two other people in the park anyway.
No, I thought the whole place was a mess. If I was the owner I would close out of embarrassment. The only bit that I thought was remotely interesting was 'Iguana Kingdom'. This was a walk through pen containing fourteen or so large Green Iguanas. Even so I reckon it could have been set up so much better. Conditions must have been good though because I saw baby Iguanas running about in the park outside of the 'Kingdom'.
I think though that what will stick in my mind most about my visit to this awful collection was that I was bitten to buggery by no see-ums.
If you have enjoyed reading this article you should move onto the next, entitled ‘Sentosa Island Underwater World‘ as soon as it is published. Or you could move back to Jurong Bird Park if you missed it. Please also check out my blog Zoo News Digest.
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