Alligator-Action Farm, Friedberg

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  • I'm not sure yet whether I'm more surprised by this "zoo" or the positive reviews. It starts with the visitors gathering in front of the first goal. The signage dates back to the 80s and is completely shattered. The stakes that can be seen on one photo, which "decorate" the entrance no longer exist. Instead, a balcony railing on the ground, which is supposed to prevent the turtles from being knocked out. Those who then dare along the neglected path come to a dilapidated cash hut, which is unoccupied and full of rubbish. The pair of pictures from Tripadvisor come from better times. It is completely neglected here. There is and is rubbish everywhere. It is extremely unkempt. Eventually comes the guide/owner, who would easily go through as uncle of Crocodile Dundee and Steve Irving. Ruppig is also reminded when cashing in that photos should not be taken under any circumstances. Questionable whether this is due to the grotesque condition of the plant or the intention to be able to collect extra here later (for photos, which he then takes with the mobile phone of the visitors). I think both. The children's swing literally collapses. The engraved sign at the entrance "Use at your own risk" no longer helps. Now to the main thing: Through a rusted and provisional grid we are plotted into a kind of animal house/greenhouse. The alligators in the way are roared and beaten with a bent ski pole. Ok, that doesn't like itching. But it's a very creepy start. The completely shit-in-the-full house stinks miserably. There is hardly any daylight and no lighting. Of course, it's bullhot. The alligators are loosely 2-3 meters long and "meet expectations". While lying next to you and small children there uninformed, the owner first tells you what it costs to swim with a crocodile (>400 Euros) and does a lot of advertising in his own business. Who besides the adorable lady in the Tripadvisor photos would do something like this in this dirty pool, is a mystery to me. In this building you could - without changing anything - the next episode of The Walking Dead. Open doors, garbage, cables, appliances. It looks like a few alligators have broken into an old shed. One knows the phenomenon that after some time one does not see the conditions themselves. We clearly had the feeling that the owner no longer has this under control. Another analogy that has forced itself is an elderly lady who keeps 24 cats in her 2 bedroom apartment... In the main room there is a handful of dirty terrariums with 2 snakes and a few bird spiders. In a huge glass closet, which is empty, dirty and unlit except for 2 branches, a large snake "lives". Here and there, a few thick alligators are tickled under the foot or visitors are yelled at because they do not abide by (unexplained, imaginary) rules. There's a dog running around, which is very sweet and gives you a mixed feeling because he barks at snapping crocodiles. What the owner tells and how he tells it sounds bitter and chauvinistic at the same time. Madness. This cannot go well here for long. Only on the margins: there are no breeding successes. The motivation to do this here can only be explained by the owner's passion. This has nothing to do with a zoo or zoo. The children were interested in the animals in the aftermath - they found the visit as shocking as the adults.
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  • I don't know is allowed such as that in Germany. It is in a very small space with several crocodiles. In the summer it is unbearably hot there, what is worth mentioning not because I would advise in general no people to go there. In front of you, behind you, next to you crocodiles are. You can not correctly keep track and also quickly stumble over a crocodile while one hisses in front of you and you scared back. We were with my 3-year-old daughter there, I've left them not once on the floor, because I was afraid for you. In one case, a crocodile in the course was so that all it had to rise. In the third visitor, the crocodile was already annoyed and tried to snap. With a "who are not hungry, he wanted to play only" the situation was downplayed. I know not how long still goes, I just hope that something happens no visitors and this really disturbing and dangerous land is closed before.
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