Crocodiles!

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A.k.a., the world’s worst idea for a Petting Zoo.  Adders, pythons, black mambas, not to mention these guys:

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Piles and piles of them!

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There wasn’t much separating us from the reptiles.  Here is Jake looking in at one of the pens full of babies:

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The Kalimba Reptile Park is one of Lusaka’s “attractions,” close enough to be an easy afternoon trip and exotic enough to remind us we’re in Africa.  It was a hot day, but the whole place was really lovely.  Tall, beautiful flowers in all kinds of colors were growing everywhere, and there was a playground, a mini golf course, and some little cabanas to shade us from the sun while we ate lunch.

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While they fired up the grill for us (it’s called a “braii” in Africa), we had time to explore the grounds.  In addition to 10 cages of huge, dangerous snakes, they also had several open-air pens full of crocodiles.  We have never seen so many crocodiles!  Literally, hundreds of them.  I guess at a crocodile “farm” you are growing them to make belts and shoes and things.

They also had lots of 5-year-old treasures.

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Water spouts!

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And we spent some time playing under the shade of the slide:

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Finally our crocodile burgers were ready!

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I guess that is another reason you farm crocodiles.  They taste great!  Sort of like chicken, but even better.  The bun was perfect, too…

Mike and the boys watched while the Python ate its lunch.  Mommy skipped that one.

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This guy doesn’t look like he’s skipping too much lunch!  It looks like he just ate Jake and Eli!

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Some of the locals go fishing in the surrounding ponds and I liked the scene of this lady, in her pink scarf with her fishing pole:

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Driving home, we passed some people on their way to work,

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And some rock quarries.  There is lots of rock being quarried in Zambia.  See the little kid waving?  They are so friendly here!

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Also a little superstitious.

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Having lunch with crocodiles is fun!  We’ll be back!

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