This photo shows a new arrival at Tropical World here in Leeds, this is a Morelet crocodile.
This Morelet crocodile is one of several that are newly installed in there new home at Roundhay Park in North Leeds. These crocodiles are around two years old and about two feet long and when fully grown they will be around 10 feet in length.
Morelet’s crocodile also known as the Mexican crocodile are freshwater crocodiles native to areas of Mexico, Belize and Guatemala. The Morelet crocodile is an Endangered species and these babies were given by the Cotswold Wildlife Park in Oxfordshire.
The Cotswold Wildlife Park were the first in the UK to breed Morelet crocodiles in 2007 and at that time it was the only place in the UK that these rare crocodilians could be seen by the public. I grew up quite near to the Park and my younger sister had a Saturday job there.
Tropical World, Leeds is also home to a small colony of Meerkats.