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Adopt a Hero - Crocodile


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The crocodile is a fearsome and intelligent predator known to wait patiently for days or weeks on end until unaware prey come to the water’s edge and become its next meal. This demonstrates evidence that one of the oldest and most methodical predators on earth is also one of the most patient and disciplined that has ever lived. Crocodiles are opportunistic predators and they are disciplined, patient, adaptable and methodical in their approach. Crocs have also demonstrated an ability to learn quickly. “All good things come to those who wait”.
She is 28 years old and just over 3 meters long. Liz swallowed a coke can in 2011 that a very uncaring human threw into her enclosure. After a long operation the can was removed from her stomach. Luckily Liz lives in a very caring environment, but her wild family might not have been as fortunate.
One of our members of staff noticed a Coca-Cola can lying in the enclosure just after a tour group had gone past. Neal Martin, our Reptile Curator rushed down to the enclosure, at which point Liz, already had the can in her jaws. She crunched away at the can and in seconds it was gone. Liz is one of 7 crocodiles in the large jumping jaws enclosure. We monitored Liz for a few days after this, in the hopes that she would regurgitate the tin. Patiently we waited… and waited.
We put her in a stretcher and she was taken to Dr Carlisle to be examined. 4 men carried Liz into the facility and placed her on the examination table… needless to say… there was little space for her tail. X-rays were then taken… and there it was… clear as day – a cold drink tin, on the left side of her stomach. Liz was then moved onto the floor where we all had space to move around her in order to assist Dr Carlisle as best we could. We managed to wedge Liz’s mouth open while she was under sedation, and Dr Carlisle examined her with an endoscope. As a result of the length of Liz’s body…. the endoscope had to stretch an unusual 1.5m just to reach her stomach.
After much consideration…and an exhausted 6 hours of attempts, the option of surgery seemed best. Liz had been sedated throughout the whole process, but further local anesthetic was given during the operation. A 10cm incision was made on her left hand side, in the softer skin… just big enough to remove the tin. Dr Carlisle located the stomach, and after gentle manipulation managed to remove the jagged tin. She was stitched up and transported back to the ranch where she was placed into a quiet enclosure, in solitude, to fully recover.
We have kept the coke-tin and created a display wall with a story of this event, in the hope that we can try and assist people in understanding the effects that they have on the environment… and that careless behavior as such… can cause damage to those who are undeserving. Each animal exudes beauty – and most species have become dependent on us for survival. Lets not cause further damage to our environment through our selfish and reckless actions.

As a proud conservation and education facility we receive no government funding, which is an enormous challenge with the overheads that we face. People seldom comprehend with the massive costs that we face on a daily basis. Our facility is owned by a family, and receives no government financial aid/funding as a zoological premises. Every day we are faced with exorbitant running costs of maintenance, water, electricity, etc… in addition our primary focus is to ensure that all the animals receive the highest standard medical attention and a calculated varied diet (species-specific) good enough for any human to eat. Our standards are exceptionally high and it all comes at a cost, as do the many hours of labor put in by our over 100 dedicated and animal-loving staff. Some months are good for us… but unfortunately some months are not as kind, however, we continue to work hard to provide the best for our animals and our tourists.

We receive very few sponsorship’s and donations in general, but are always grateful for the help that we do receive. We have built our own on-site Animal Care Centre (hospital) which is of massive assistance to us, and the animals.


ProviderCango Wildlife Ranch
DurationOpen Ended
WhenYou can adopt throughout the year.
WhereWe are based in the Klein Karoo town Oudtshoorn, South Africa. Before you exit town on the R 328 in the direction of the Cango Caves, you'll find us nestled next to the Grobbellaars River on your left.
WeatherNot applicable
What to WearNot applicable
Things to BringNot applicable
Guests or Spectators.


Minimum Age0 years
Minimum Height0.0 m
Maximum Height0.0 m
Fitness LevelNo Fitness Requirement
QualificationsNot Applicable
Maximum Weight0.0 kg
CertificationNone Required
Experience LevelNo Experience Requirement

Inclusions and Exclusions


ADOPTER BENEFITS: Photo ID Membership Card Adoption Certificate, 6 Free encounter of choice, Discounted rates on other encounters, Acknowledgement plaque in our foyer, Free entrance for a full year, Your accompanying guests receive discounted entrance rates, Quarterly progress reports and photos of your adopted animal, Quarterly Cheetah Chatter, 10% discount at selected retail outlets, 10% discount on meals.
Terms & Conditions Apply

ExclusionsThis is only an adoption. Please note the animal will not leave Cango Wildlife Ranch with the adopter.


The Cheetah Preservation Foundation (CPF) was founded in 1988, with the principal aim of ensuring the survival of the cheetah and other endangered species, as well as educating our visitors about the plight of these animals.

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