Madras Crocodile Bank Trust and Centre for Herpetology

Post Bag No 4
Mahabalipuram, TN - 603104

Type: Zoos
094459 80950
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The Madras Crocodile Bank Trust and Centre for Herpetology, commonly known as the Crocodile Bank, is a renowned reptile zoo and research center located in Mahabalipuram, near Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India. Established in 1976 by Romulus Whitaker, an eminent herpetologist, conservationist, and wildlife enthusiast, the Crocodile Bank is dedicated to the conservation of crocodiles, turtles, and other reptiles.

Spanning over 8.5 acres of lush greenery, the Crocodile Bank is home to a diverse collection of reptiles, including various species of crocodiles, alligators, turtles, snakes, and lizards. The center houses over 2,500 reptiles from around the world, making it one of the largest reptile zoos in India and a significant hub for herpetological research and conservation efforts.

Visitors to the Crocodile Bank can explore the facility through well-designed pathways and exhibits, which provide opportunities to observe and learn about different reptile species in their naturalistic habitats. The center also offers educational programs, guided tours, and interactive exhibits aimed at raising awareness about reptile conservation and promoting environmental stewardship.

One of the highlights of the Crocodile Bank is its breeding and conservation programs for endangered reptile species, including the Indian Gharial, Mugger Crocodile, and various species of turtles and tortoises. Through captive breeding, research, and community outreach initiatives, the center plays a vital role in safeguarding these vulnerable species from extinction and restoring their populations in the wild.

In addition to its conservation efforts, the Crocodile Bank also serves as a popular tourist destination and recreational facility, attracting visitors from across India and around the world. The center features amenities such as picnic areas, souvenir shops, and a cafeteria, providing visitors with a comfortable and enjoyable experience amidst the fascinating world of reptiles.

Overall, the Madras Crocodile Bank Trust and Centre for Herpetology is not only a sanctuary for reptiles but also a beacon of hope for conservation and education. Whether you're a wildlife enthusiast, a nature lover, or simply curious about the world of reptiles, a visit to the Crocodile Bank promises a memorable and enriching experience for visitors of all ages.

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Opening Hours Tuesday - Sunday: 8:30 am to 5:30 pm
Monday: Closed

Night Safari
Tuesday - Saturday: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm 
(Advance booking required)
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Entry Fees Adult: Rs. 50.00
Children (< 10 Years): Rs. 30.00

Night Safari
Adults: Rs. 200.00
Children (< 15 Years): Rs. 100.00

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