Zoo History

The Zoo

Crocodiles of the World was founded in 2011 by crocodile conservationist, Shaun Foggett. The first zoo was located at Crawley Mill, Witney. However with increasing visitor numbers and a growing population of crocodiles, the zoo needed to move and opened new premises in Brize Norton (the former Foxbury Farm site) in February 2014.

 

Crocodiles of the World is the UK’s only crocodile zoo and is currently home to more than 150 crocodiles representing 15 different species including crocodiles, alligators and caimans, as well as other reptiles.

 

Zoo history

Crocodiles of the World Foundation

On August 8, 2013, the Foundation received formal confirmation of its charity status from the Charity Commission, the regulator for charities in England and Wales. This enables the zoo to continue with its commitment to advancing crocodilian conservation and promoting awareness of environmental issues affecting crocodiles. Shaun is a member of the IUCN

The journey of ‘the Croc Man’  

The journey of ‘the Croc Man’

Shaun became known as ‘The Croc Man’ following a one-off documentary shown on the Discovery Channel and later that year a mini-series was made by channel 5, following his journey to open Crocodiles of the World.

 

Prior to opening the zoo Shaun studied and learnt about crocodiles through his own personal collection; all housed in a purpose-built enclosure at the semi-detached West Oxfordshire home he shared with his young family.

 

By 2009 his collection had reached 21, which was when he knew he had to re-locate them! Setting up the zoo has taken personal sacrifice, including leaving the family building business and selling his family home.

A new incredible journey is still only just beginning…

Since moving to the new premises in 2014 the zoo has celebrated the arrival of many new arrivals including saltwater crocodiles and the successful breeding of critically endangered Siamese crocodiles.

 

2015 saw the new addition of an education zone, with a lively outdoor space that is home to meerkats, otters, tamarins, owls and some jovial kookaburras!

 

And it going to be another exciting year; with a significant extension to the ‘croc house’ that will house some exciting new arrivals, not to mention the growing congregation of Nile crocs!

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