Every year thousands of hatchling alligators are sold in the pet industry. Only a small fraction of those who purchase these hatchlings are capable of properly housing them as adults. As a result many of these animals end up being euthanized, dying from improper diet and treatment, or being unlawfully released into the wild. Croc Encounters has been established as a haven for unwanted animals. While crocodilians are our main focus, we have also made it our goal to extend our haven to all unwanted reptiles - including snakes, lizards and turtles. Most animal shelters are unwilling or incapable of taking in these animals. We will make reptiles are main focus, and assure their proper care, treatment, and rehabilitation if necessary.
The mission of Croc Encounters is two-fold, to be a haven for unwanted reptiles and be an educational facility – fighting the stigma associated with these animals and creating awareness for their plight in the wild.