No crocodile tears here


I wasn’t that excited about going to the Crocodile farm, in Pierrelatte, near Montelimar, north of Avignon. I’m not that crazy about those awful animal farms with scruffy animals in tiny compounds looking woefully mistreated and out of their element. However the farm was a good meeting point for friends and  the kids were excited about seeing crocodiles, so I agreed to the visit. And I was in for a pleasant surprise. The farm is an 8,000 meter greenhouse with tropical plants, crocodiles, alligators, giant tortoises and other tropical flora and fauna. The animals are well cared for, and in addition, the site is a place of environmental study, so there is an educational angle to the visit, and even a nusery working to protect these and other reptiles. 

And of course the telling fact was that the kids loved it. We even went back for a second time around. Be prepared for a two hour visit. There are also 2 playgrounds and picnic areas and cafes for those much needed breaks.