With more than 350 crocodiles, the Crocodile Farm has become the European point of reference in relation to the display, breeding and conservation of crocodilians: ten of the world's twenty-three species of crocodilians can be found here. Some species such as the gharial, the false gharial and the black caiman are as rare in captivity as they are in their natural habitat.
Since 2002, the Farm has started to display other reptiles with the arrival of giant tortoises from the Seychelles, the Galapagos Islands, the African steppes and the great rivers of Amazonia. The staff at the Crocodile Farm regularly witness the birth of African spurred tortoises (Centrochelys Sulcata), one of the park's iconic species.
Around twenty reticulated pythons and Indian pythons arrived to the Crocodile Farm in April 2015. Between one metre (for the youngest) and four metres long and endemic to South-East Asia, these spectacular predators share their new living space with pig-nosed turtles, giant tortoises from Borneo and tropical fish.
With the aim of continuing to increase public awareness of the diversity of the group of reptiles, the park welcomed a pair of three-year-old crocodile monitors (Varanus Salvadorii) in March 2014. The crocodile monitor, which lives in the mangroves and rainforests along the coast of southern New Guinea, is a species which remains relatively unstudied.
The Crocodile Farm is also home to exotic birds, like cattle egrets (Bubulcus Ibis) which live on all land masses where crocodiles are found: Africa, India, South America and even here in Europe. Other species of birds, such as greater blue-eared starlings and blue-faced parrotfinches (Erythrura trichroa), also live alongside crocodiles in their countries of origin. Every year, new species are introduced to the greenhouse. All move around freely in the huge aviary which replicates their natural habitats.
Several species of fish native to South-East Asia inhabit the pythons' pond. Among them, visitors can discover the iridescent colours of the pearl gourami (Trichopodus leerii) and three spot gourami (Trichopodus trichopterus), along with the amazing clown loach (Botia macracantha) which sleeps on its side and changes its colour according to its mood, as well as the impressive Indian featherback (Chitala chitala) which can reach a length of 120 cm when fully mature. Also swimming around are Dragonfish (Scleropages formosus) which are on the IUCN red list of threatened species and adorable kissing fish (Helostoma temminckii) which defend their territory by sparring mouth to mouth.