It is home to crocodiles ...
• crocodiles live here ...
Most Israelis and even some tourists know that in Israel there is a large crocodile farm and it is located in the far north, in a kibbutz Hamat Gader. But I am sure that even a very small part of the people of our country have heard about another place in Israel, where they grow these amphibians. But it is.
And is located in the Arava desert, on the way to Eilat, right in front of a small oasis with a cafe Aroma and dressing Paz. At the road junction turn right. And then after 200 meters - to the left. Everywhere there are small ukazateli- Crocodile Farm.
I went on to work in Eilat and the road dropped by half an hour last week.
Just at the same time there arrived 3 miluimnika (reservist), so a tour hostess farm held for the four of us.
At first look at the females that have recently laid eggs, and now guard the future offspring (actually think that protect eggs have taken and transferred to an incubator, for greater safety)
One of the females lay fairly close to the fence.
In spite of the warnings, I pressed the lens to the bars of the enclosure. Krokodilitsa this is clearly not like it, and it instantly appeared beside me. Well, that pretty solid bars.
Teeth them - you see for yourself.
In general, walking crocodile - a show very funny. Unless, of course, he does not go and does not run it for you, as the speed of a reptile can develop a decent and human to catch up - for it is not a problem
Where there was a crocodile in the sand remains a distinct trace of the tail.
In general, spend a hot day crocodiles in the pond
or its banks.
That is interesting: the crocodile to cool, open mouth, like a dog.
Cartoon about bird Tari remember? And I expect that now and will arrive to clean his teeth.
Sometimes reptiles stand up and move from place to place after the shadow.
On the farm a lot of trees, there is even a very small baobab.
Another picture of the teeth ...
And we are called to see how the food very small, newly born crocodiles. They sit in plastic boxes and the like sleep
But when a long tweezers stretch a small fish, it is very animated and instantly swallow it.
After krokodilenysh was satisfied stomach, Orit rendered us his watch and pet.
crocodile delighted obviously was not, but especially not resist.
Only occasionally opened his mouth as if to say: I grew up - all here devour.
By the way, the owners of the farm, and Orit Ofer Kobi - very interesting and unusual people.
Ofer Orit and Kobe - experienced krokodilovody. Ofer - a zoologist by training, he graduated from the Hebrew University in 1985 with a crocodile began working in 1988 in Kenya, where the crocodile nursery was created. Ofer crocodiles caught broodstock. At the end of the period of Kenyan life, he was already a recognized expert on catching crocodiles and their breeding.
In Kenya, Ofer met with Orit, who had come on vacation safari. I met, married, and has also become Orit krokodilyatnitsey. At first she only collected eggs that were safe occupation, and later became a fish and crocodiles. After Kenya Kobe family traveled the world, the world crocodile farms.
Ofer prepared Crocodile Hunter in Honduras. Their first-born was born at the crocodile farm in South Africa. In 1994, he returned to Israel, they decided to set up a farm in the Arava. But to break our bureaucracy was very difficult. It took 12 years.
The time passed quickly, I had to continue their journey to Eilat. So I said goodbye to the ICU last photographed crocodile and went to the door.