Meet the Crocs

William & Kate

Length
William 4.6m | Kate 2.8m
Weight
William 690kg | Kate 110kg
Age
William 40+ | Kate 30+
To mark the Royal Wedding in 2011, Crocosaurus Cove has given the honorary names of William & Kate to their loved up couple, Houdini & Bess. A successful escape artist, Houdini gained his name for his ability to climb into a trap and steal the bait before escaping from the enclosures at the Darwin Crocodile Farm.
However, since being introduced to the very petite Kate in 1991, William has stayed put. They are now a successful breeding couple, producing a clutch of eggs in November 2011.

Axel

Length
5.1m
Weight
900kg
Age
80+
Axel was captured in the mid 1980’s from the Roper River mouth at Roper Bar. His presence at the boat ramp was getting a little too close for comfort for the local fisherman, as was his trademark move of snapping at boat trailer tyres and puncturing them!

It was these trademark moves that inspired Brett Frew from Jabiru to enter the name Axel in the NT News “Name the Croc” competition, and the croc handlers here at Crocosaurus Cove think the name suits him perfectly. Relocated into captivity, Axel was formally a breeding crocodile before moving to Crocosaurus Cove in 2014.


Burt

Length
5.1m
Weight
700kg
Age
80+
Watch out ladies! Burt may be a famous movie star, however he has a killer reputation with women. Burt is our oldest and famous resident. He has starred alongside Paul Hogan and Linda Kozlowski in the original Crocodile Dundee movie as well as providing the basis for the digital crocodile in the film, Rogue. Burt has been in captivity for over 30 years and has starred in a host of other documentaries and awareness programs throughout that time.
Burt is now a confirmed bachelor with a grumpy attitude!

Wendell

Length
5.5m
Weight
800kg
Wendell was the winning entry in our NT News, Name the Croc Competition. Darcey Brick of Humpty Doo chose the name Wendell, after Dual International Rugby star Wendell Sailor, who said the name was fitting as the croc was big, bad, full of attitude and loved the spotlight! In recent years, Wendell has been quite aggressive and not co-operating with the ladies at the Darwin Crocodile Farm, so he has been brought to Crocosaurus Cove to bask in the spotlight of an adoring public!

Baru

Length
5.1m
Weight
600kg
Baru is an aboriginal word meaning ‘crocodile ancestor’ and also the name of an extinct crocodilian that roamed the earth around 15 million years ago, right here in northern Australia.

Baru crocodilians resembled a saltwater croc in size, appearance, and ambush hunting technique. They were extremely powerful; the first Baru remains were found with the skull of a marsupial lion still in its jaws! At 5.1m long and weighing 600kg, we think this ancient looking big guy is certainly worthy of his name.


Leo

Length
5m
Weight
750kg
Leo was captured in the mid 1980’s from Finniss River Station, 60km southwest of Darwin. He was named after the station’s owner, Leo Venturin. This bad boy croc was a cattle hunter who ended up taking out a few too many for Mr. Venturin’s liking. Once relocated to the Darwin Crocodile Farm, Leo continued to get in to trouble as he frequently tried to escape and often attacked other male crocodiles.
Leo’s greatest love at the farm was chasing any crocodile handler that was brave enough to come face to face with him. Only the most experienced handlers would even dare enter his enclosure!