Opening of the CrocArena attraction at Wildlife Habitat in Port Douglas

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The iconic animal attractions of Far North Queensland, Wildlife Habitat in Port Douglas, has hosted its first ‘swim with salt crocodiles’ experience next week as part of its new CrocArena feature.

Delayed from its planned launch last month due to the COVID-19 instant lockdown in Cairns, the CaPTA Group’s new experience allows customers to enter a deep pool within the crocodile enclosure, separated from the reptiles by a glass wall.

Currently home to a pair of crocodiles, Big Al and Digger, transferred from the Australian Zoo on the Sunshine Coast earlier this year, the pool is surrounded by an arena that can seat 400 spectators.

Wildlife Habitat CEO Clare Anderson said, “The concept of swimming with modern dinosaurs was first conceived by our founder, the late Charles Woodward, over five years ago.

“The wait is now over and we are all so delighted to see that his dream has finally come true.”

Anderson said a third crocodile, Ton, will be added to the attraction soon.

Far North Queensland tourism pioneer Charles Woodward, founder of the Cairns-based CaPTA Group, had long dreamed of opening the new Croc Arena to Port Douglas Wildlife Habitat, and his two sons were on hand at the last week for the very first-ever submarine crocodile feeding exhibit.

CaPTA Group Director Ben Woodward said it was a “special moment” to see his father’s vision come to life after his death in 2017 at the age of 70, telling the story. Cairns Post “It was truly one of his last wishes to see this exhibit come true, so it’s quite a special moment for us to see it open.”

Michael Woodward, the group’s head of special projects, said the attraction came at a pivotal time for the industry as it envisions a “brighter sky” in a post-Covid world, adding that the based company in Cairns had used the pandemic downturn to invest heavily in infrastructure at tourist favorite Port Douglas.

Michael Woodward added “if we’re looking for silver liners during these cloudy Covid days, this is definitely one of them

“With the downtime, it was possible to make major improvements and to be ready for the reopening of national and international borders.

“It has to happen (soon), we cannot be closed forever.”

Ben Woodward said it is crucial to develop new experiences for vacationers in the Far North. School vacation.

“Of course, we’re worried that the holidays will be a bit sweeter than usual, but we’re really happy to have something new here for first-time visitors to the area.

“We (also) would really like to see many locals experience it for the very first time, those who are brave enough to swim with their fangs.”

Images: the CrocArena at Wildlife Habitat in Port Douglas. Credit: CaPTA Group.

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