Meet McCulloch, or Mac, our four metre modern-day dinosaur, fondly named after a brand of chainsaw. Mac has called Hamilton Island home since 1986. Fortunately Mac’s life was spared from eradication and we have the privilege to be able to offer a home and the care he needs. Being of wild origin, it is difficult to pin point his exact age, but given his size and condition, we estimate that he was born around 1950. He is still in great shape for his age and it is a thrill not to be missed during the warmer months when we feed him on our afternoon keeper tour of the park.
Saltwater crocodiles are classified as a vulnerable species by the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) but are presently regarded as secure in Australia. The saltwater crocodile population declined until the mid-1970s until they were protected Australia-wide. Saltwater crocodiles are now clearly re-established in many of the natural habitats throughout North Queensland.