Dubai signs deal for first crocodile park in Mideast

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Dubai Municipality signed a $2.7 million deal with the French company White Oryx Investment LLC to build the Middle East’s first crocodile park, Emirate’s 247 website reported Thursday.

“This ambitious project would be a turning point in the history of Dubai tourism as the proposed crocodile park would have different species of crocodiles in the future, enabling tourists and researchers to learn everything about the crocodile, a big reptile that has existed on earth for the past 220 million years,” the website quoted Hussain Nassir Lootah, Director General of Dubai Municipality, as saying.

UAE’s hot climate, however, will pose as a challenge.

Unlike humans, crocodiles’ sex is not determined genetically, but according to temperature. Crocodiles’ hatchlings will be male if the temperature is at 32°C but with temperature below 32°C only female crocodiles are born.

Mohamed Oueslati, General Manager of White Oryx, said the temperature in the crocodile park will be controlled as will the reptiles’ reproduction, according to the website.

The crocodiles are reportedly being imported from Madagascar and a total of 200 crocodiles will be displayed in an artificial habitat in the park for the first part of the park’s project.

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