Riviera Nayarit, Mexico - The El Cora Crocodile Sanctuary, nestled between the El Quelele, La Cortada and La Vejiga lagoons to one side of the Flamingos Golf Club, is a natural area that has been upgraded with new experiences and services for Riviera Nayarit locals and visitors alike.
The sanctuary is an Environmental Management Unit of the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (Semarnat by its acronym in Spanish), which is in charge of the protection, conservation, environmental education and ecotourism.
"One of the objectives is to change the perspective people have about the crocodiles," explained biologist Rubén Saavedra, who is in charge of the tours. "People say the animals are aggressive and tend to attack, but here we teach people to understand that the crocs are merely defending themselves. What makes a crocodile dangerous is evolution, which has allowed it to make itself nearly invisible allowing it to accumulate its energy and use the surprise factor."
The teaching method used in the tours is the practical "show and tell" for those looking to up their adrenaline, as they have several resident animals in captivity, not just crocodiles. These include birds and turtles, among others. With advanced reservations guests can enjoy meals, night camping and cabins.
The latest attraction is the nocturnal tour, "Night of Legends," which includes a fantastic show that tells the story of the legend of the crocodile, put on by one of the most important ceremonial groups in the Northeastern portion of Mexico: Kalpulli Osteocoatl Chalchitlicue. The magical evening includes dancing and a fire show set against a natural backdrop, live music and a buffet, and takes place on the last Saturday of every month.
The El Cora Crocodile Sanctuary is open all week except Wednesdays from 11 am to 6 pm. For more information call 322-206-9314, email santuariodecocodriloselcora(at)gmail.com, or visit them on Facebook.Original article