• Rogue alligator “Kanye” has been causing trouble since the weather has started to warm up
• Kanye was one of 20 alligators that moved into the massive lagoon in March 2021
• The task is extremely dangerous as Kanye weighs over 400kg an has the potential to severely injure his keepers
Following the successful introduction back in March 2021 of 20 new alligators to the Australian Reptile Park, a young rogue male has need to be removed after the introduction of Spring has brought out some hostile behaviours.
The alligator named “Kanye” has been charging keepers and has been displaying aggressive behaviour towards the other 54 alligators during this mating season, so he’s being isolated for a short while to cool down.
Australian Reptile Park Director, Tim Faulkner explains “Ours is normally a very quiet lagoon, with no major altercations taking place. We even saw this earlier this year when we added the additional 20 males to our lagoon. However, Kanye has come out of hibernation explosive, therefore, a danger to himself, to the other alligators and staff.” he said.
“Kanye has made the other alligators very tense. He’s a young bloke, full of testosterone and he’s raising havoc right now, so the best thing to do is to send him to the naughty corner for some quiet time out. American alligators have one of the strongest jaw pressures of any animal and one bite can be life-threatening, so our amazing team had to take extreme care during the removal.”
That’s easier said than done for a male alligator weighing around 400kg and almost 4 metres long. It took a highly skilled team of over a dozen keepers to locate and catch him from the lagoon. He was then transported to an isolation area, where he’ll spend a month or so calming down. It’s hoped that Kanye will return to the lagoon once the peak breeding season has ceased, and his hormone levels have returned to normal.
The Australian Reptile Park has the largest population of American alligators living in Australia and when the Park reopens, visitors will be lucky to catch them being fed in all their prehistoric glory during the spectacular alligator feedings that take place on weekends.
The Australian Reptile Park has REOPENED and as a COVID-Safe business, will be observing all Government rules to keep its staff and visitors safe. As well as the chance to reconnect with nature after months stuck at home, visitors will be able to redeem their Dine & Discover NSW Vouchers at the Park – both at Reception and the on-site kiosk, the Hard Croc Café.
The Australian Reptile Park is located in the natural bush setting of the Central Coast of NSW, only 30 minutes from the start of the M1 and just 60 minutes from Sydney. The Australian Reptile Park is OPEN and is welcoming visitors every day from 9am-5pm, with complimentary parking and BBQ facilities.
For more information, visit www.reptilepark.com.au