If you don’t have a clue where to bring your kids during the holidays, then how about a trip to the largest crocodile farm in Sabah – Tuaran Crocodile Farm (a must-visit place for all Crocodile Dundee and Steve Irwin fanatics!). One of the main attractions for tourists in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, the Tuaran Crocodile farm was opened in 2005 on 7 acres of land adjacent to the Sulaman Highway, Tuaran, about 32km from Kota Kinabalu City.
Being experienced in the field, the farm is packed with ample knowledge on crocodile captive breeding and farming, and has an international reputation for producing superior quality raw skins and meat. Do check out some of the species kept in the farm including Buaya Tembaga (Crocodylus Porosus)—which can live both in freshwater and saltwater, the Nile Crocodile, the Aqua Crocodile (bisexual crocodile), and the Gharial Crocodile.
You will also find a vibrant array of animal species for your viewing pleasure. These include turtles, snakes (pythons), birds, deer, ostrich, monitor lizards, bearcats, fish (aropaima, catfish, etc.). The kids will have a blast feeding the fish, otters, deer, etc, and also petting them.
Visitors can observe the crocodile feeding sessions which are scheduled at 9a.m, 10.30a.m, 12 noon, 12.45p.m, 1.30p.m, 2.15p.m, 4.15p.m, and 4.45p.m daily. On top of that, you can watch the crocodile shows which are held at 11a.m and 3p.m Monday to Saturday, and 11a.m, 1p.m and 3p.m on Sundays and public holidays. Watch some of the experienced performers’ mastery in controlling and commanding, while having fun and interacting with the crocodiles, performing moves such as calmly lying on the crocodile’s back, brushing the croc’s teeth, courageously sticking their head into the crocodile’s gaping mouth, etc. Well, you have to see to believe!
There are also small ponds with nets provided, for anyone interested to try their hands at catching tiny fishes. Not an easy fete, I tell you!
Apart from that, you can also watch cultural shows at 11.30a.m and 3.30p.m Monday to Saturday, and 11.30a.m, 1.30p.m and 3.30p.m on Sunday and public holidays.
Entrance fees for Malaysian visitors are RM10 for adults and RM5 for children (4 to 12 years old). Foreign visitors (non-Malaysians) are charged RM15 for adults and RM10 for children (4 to 12 years old).
– Kota Kinabalu Travel Guide