Experience Nottinghamshire SurveyClose

Give us feedback on our website and be entered into a free prize draw to win a Nottinghamshire themed hamper full of foodie delights. Our short survey should take no more than a couple of minutes. Complete Survey.

Only one email address per entry for the Nottinghamshire themed hamper prize draw, the winner will be selected at random. Terms and conditions apply and can be obtained via email from enquiries@experiencenottingham.com.

Baby Alligator arrives at the Tropical Butterfly House

Baby Alligator at the Tropical Butterfly House compressed

The Tropical Butterfly House in North Anston welcomes a baby Alligator!

The Alligator is an American Alligator on loan from the UK’s only Crocodile Zoo, Crocodiles of the World. It has been named Jackson after the US state capital of Mississippi where American Alligators are commonly found in the wild.

American Alligators can live up to around 35-50 years old in the wild (60-80 years in captivity), and can grow to up to just over 12 feet long! Jackson is just 2 years old, and only 16 inches long at the moment. Visitors will be able to meet Jackson during some of the twice daily Exotic Animal Encounters, along with lots of other amazing creatures including Snakes, Insects, Lizards, and adorable Hedgehog-like Tenrec.

There are only two species of Alligators in the world; the Chinese Alligator, and the American Alligator. The Chinese Alligator is sadly critically endangered in the wild. The Tropical Butterfly House are now raising money through the sale of wristbands for the Chinese Alligator Fund. The fund aims to secure and improve existing habitats, continue the Chinese Alligator breeding programme, and set up education, and ecotourism projects.

The Tropical Butterfly House has an array of reptiles on display in the Butterfly House and Nocturnal Room, including 2 adult Caiman Crocodiles.

There are 23 species of Crocodiles in the world, 6 of which are critically endangered in the wild, including the Gharial Crocodile. The Tropical Butterfly House are now raising money through the sale of wristbands for the Gharial’s Conservation Alliance’s Gharial Ecology Project. The projects aim is to stem the decline of Gharials by focusing on habitat protection, enforcement of protected areas, education, and cooperation with local people.

The Tropical Butterfly House is open daily, year-round and is located five minutes from the M1, junction 31, with free parking.

Posted on 12 May 2017

Comments (0)

Post a comment

Our monthly pick

Nottingham We Dig The Castle

We Dig The Castle: Unearthing Nottingham’s Archaeological Secrets Part Two

This blog is the second instalment of a two part blog. To read part one click here. Back in July I visited Nottingham Castle to find out more about the annual archaeological excavation ‘We Dig The Castle’. A partnership project between Trent & Peak Archaeology, Nottingham City Council and Historic England, this excellent scheme invites volunteers…

Your favourite places

Featured authors

  • Sarah Louise

    A very lucky marketeer in her dream job. Passionate about all things Nottinghamshire and firmly believes if you work really hard and are kind, amazing things will happen!

  • Kinga

    Addicted to music and learning languages. Loves reading, gardening, travelling and everything new media related.

  • Alistair

    Originally from Preston – but now calling Nottingham home – Alistair’s a St Helens rugby league fan who loves travel and music.

  • Natalie

    Proud to represent the county I grew up in. Travel loving devoted mum of two who carries a torch for the city’s unsung hero, Captain Albert Ball VC.

  • Sophie

    Writer and amateur local historian with an affection for English eccentrics. Returned to Nottingham in 2013, only to fall in love with the creative and cultural goings of the city.

Have a go...

unesco city of literature nottingham

Speak In Nottingham To Me – A Beginner’s Guide To Nottingham’s Dialect

Language is certainly one of our best creations. Without it, it would be difficult for us to coexist, establish communities and share feelings. Language makes it all easier and helps us work together and understand one another. Throughout history people always felt the need to find one universal language for all. Several attempts were made to popularise different languages…