It's True! There is a place about an hour and thirty minutes
from Cancun Mexico in the Sian Ka'an Reserve where you
are allowed to "hunt" crocodile and participate in important
conservation research. This is a very unique opportunity
and if you are interested in conservation, an experience you
will cherish for many years.
This is an ongoing, long term project and therefore very
expensive. By allowing interested, nature-oriented people to
tour and help gather data, a lot of money is raised
to assist in the continuity of this ongoing project, as well as
raising conservation awareness.
Experienced biologists conduct the tours and explain many
things including crocodile biology, the status of it's populations
and current issues the crocodiles are facing. You will get to see
and participate in the capturing of the crocodile and the gathering
of data. ie. weight, measurements etc.
Two crocodile species can be found in the reserve. One is
the Morelet's (Crocodylus moreletii) and the other,
American (Crocodylus acutus)
Young crocodiles are 8 to 10 inches long when they hatch and
adult crocodiles are 7 to 15 feet long weighing between 150 to 450
pounds. The American crocodile can be found in southern
Florida, the Caribbean, southern Mexico, and along the Central
American coast south to Venezuela.
The crocodile tour takes place at night just after sunset and it's
duration varies due to the fact that these wild animals can not be
predicted. (The tour usually usually lasts roughly 3 to 4 hours)
One thing is for sure, it is an exciting experience. One not to be
missed during your Cancun vacation.