At 2 pm Román Reina welcomes us in the entrance area of the crocodile park in Torremolinos. He is the leading zookeeper and takes care of the good health of the animals. Currently there are 165 crocodiles as well as turtles, bearded dragons and chameleons living in the park. In the entrance area visitors can already see the first animals in terrariums. After Román Reina has explained the peculiarities of these animals and where they come from, we continue directly into the park. A concrete path leads down to the turtles and crocodiles.
After we have visited the numerous and differently sized turtles, we go to the crocodile enclosure. Relaxed, the reptiles lie next to each other and enjoy the warm winter sun that shines down on them. In this quiet position you can see the different characteristics of these crocodiles. Some, for example, have a long mouth, while others have a very small mouth. "The majority of the animals are Nile crocodiles from Africa," says Román Reina. "We also have crocodiles from Australia, caimans from the Amazon and alligators from Florida (USA). Of course, all these different animals have different characteristics." Then Román grabs a stick and climbs over a barrier. Slowly he approaches a crocodile. As he moves the stick into the animal's field of vision, the crocodile suddenly snaps shut and bites into the stick. A highlight that amazes the visitors.
What makes the park special is above all the diversity of the different crocodiles – animals that do not normally exist in Europe. During the tour the visitor gets to know everything worth knowing about these animals. "Our regular guided tours last between 30 and 40 minutes", explains Román Reina. "Afterwards the visitors can have themselves photographed with a real crocodile on their arm before they take a look at the remaining installations." The park is ideal for the whole family. (Editor/Photos/Video: Michael Trampert)