King Croc during a feeding session open to the public at the Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo in Dubai Mall. Parisa Azadi for The National
King Croc during a feeding session open to the public at the Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo in Dubai Mall. Parisa Azadi for The National

Watch King Croc devour his dinner at Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo

DUBAI // Visitors can watch King Croc, the newest arrival at Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo in Dubai Mall, open his powerful jaws to chomp on his meal during daily feeding sessions.

Each day at 4pm visitors can see King Croc, one of the world’s largest reptiles, along with Queen Croc, his female companion, devour either the chicken, beef or fish on the day’s menu.

King Croc’s diet is about 12 pounds per day of either meat and his meals are closely monitored, said the aquarium.

His 60 razor-sharp teeth are the size of an average index finger and his head weighs more than 150kg.

Visitors can watch King and Queen Croc “take the fiercest bite by any animal, at an estimated 3,700 pounds per square inch,” an aquarium statement said.

The two giant Australian crocodiles arrived in June after they were flown to Dubai from their home at a botanical garden in Queensland.

The enclosure in the aquarium has been designed to ensure they have sufficient room to grow and move.

At more than five metres long and weighing a substantial 750kg, King Croc is equivalent to the weight of 15 men.

At 40 years old, he is one of the biggest of his species and aquarium authorities believe he has the potential to grow much bigger over the next 50 years of his expected lifespan.

Visitors can log on to or call 044485200 for more information.

Getting there

Given its remote location, getting to Borneo can feel daunting even for the most seasoned traveller. But you can fly directly from Kuala Lumpur to Sandakan and Sepilok is only half an hour away by taxi. Sandakan has plenty of accommodation options, while Sepilok has a few nature lodges close to the main attractions.

Keep it fun and engaging

Stuart Ritchie, director of wealth advice at AES International, says children cannot learn something overnight, so it helps to have a fun routine that keeps them engaged and interested.

“I explain to my daughter that the money I draw from an ATM or the money on my bank card doesn’t just magically appear – it’s money I have earned from my job. I show her how this works by giving her little chores around the house so she can earn pocket money,” says Mr Ritchie.

His daughter is allowed to spend half of her pocket money, while the other half goes into a bank account. When this money hits a certain milestone, Mr Ritchie rewards his daughter with a small lump sum.

He also recommends books that teach the importance of money management for children, such as The Squirrel Manifesto by Ric Edelman and Jean Edelman.


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