Situated behind the bus terminal of Phuentsholing along the bank of river Amo Chuu is the Amo Chuu Crocodile breeding centre. Amo Chhu Crocodile breeding centre is located at a walking distance of 10min from the bus stand. It was built in 1976 with only dozens of crocodile. At the present time Amo Chuu crocodile breeding centre apart from preserving the endangered species have been helping in the rising the tourism of Phuentsholing. At the breeding centre tourists can observe two species of crocodile gharials and muggers which are listed under the list of critically endangered species by the International Union of Conservative Nature.
The quaint breeding centre has derived its name from the river stream Amo Chuu. With only half acre area Amo Chuu crocodile breeding centre has caught the attention of many tourists since it’s not a daily occurrence to observe the large aquatic reptile in its semi-natural habitat. At the Amo Chuu Crocodile Breeding Centre, crocodile are breed in captivity and nurtured till they can fend for themselves in their natural habitat. Once the crocodile reach an uncertain age they are released in the wild life sanctuary of Bhutan. It is astounding to see the large stealthy and dangerous predators lying ideally basking in the sun, sometime they even resemble tree log covered with green moss. To the untrained eyes all the crocodile seem similar but few with the knowledge can distinguish between a gharial and mugger. Upon the keen observation tourists can tell the difference between those two distant cousins since gharial have narrow snout whereas, mugger or the marsh crocodile are known for having the broadest snout in its family. The area is of Amo Chuu is rather small which sometime make it seem too crowded, but there have been plans made to relocate the Amo Chhu Crocodile Breeding Centre to a bigger location, where improved facilities can be provided to the crocodiles, the future of the crocodile sure seem bright.
To observe an oversized lizard while only being separated by a single fence can be an everlasting memory. If you love nature and wilderness Amo Chuu Crocodile breeding Centre is a must visit destination while traveling to Phuentsholing, where tourists can see the vicious predator lazily basking in the sun.
Amo Chhu Crocodile Breeding Centre is open for the tourists from 9am to 5pm. If the tourists want to witness the crocodile being feed they are advised to plan their visit within the timeframe of 10am to 12pm (the general feeding time of crocodile of centre).