Crocodile Rescue Initiative

Crocodile Rescue

Aquila’s Animal Rescue Centre (ARC), in the Western Cape, is proud to be home to two juvenile Nile Crocodiles, both of whom were rescued from a nearby Crocodile Farm. Our on-site conservation team is committed to providing these incredible, ancient reptiles with a safe haven and a second chance at life.

Understanding the unique needs of African Nile Crocodiles (which are cold-blooded reptiles), the rescue centre has taken special measures to ensure their well-being. Maintaining a carefully regulated environment for the crocodiles, especially during the extreme cold experienced in the Karoo’s mountainous region, is vital to their survival. The enclosure is equipped with temperature-regulated water, maintaining a constant 26.6 degrees Celsius to safeguard them from potentially fatal drops in core temperature. Additionally, the crocodiles’ sleeping shelter is thoughtfully designed with heating panels and underground heating systems, offering cozy warmth during cold winter nights and overcast days.

Crocodilos: Ancient Greek "lizard"

The Nile Crocodile

KINGDOM: Animalia

PHYLUM: Chordata

CLASS:  Reptilia

ORDER : Crocodylia

FAMILY: Crocodylidae

GENUS: Crocodylus

SPECIES: Crocodylus niloticus

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