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Melbourne’s biggest saltwater crocodile feasts for World Wildlife Day!
- Sunday 3rd March 2019
SEA LIFE Melbourne’s five-metre-long saltwater crocodile, Pinjarra, shared a delicious feast from Merrywell Bar & Dining with his dedicated keepers to mark World Wildlife Day 2019.
In line with the World Wildlife Day 2019 theme of “Life below water”, SEA LIFE Melbourne used the occasion to help raise awareness of marine creatures such as crocodiles and celebrate some of the amazing conservation work that has been carried out in Australia.
Chef Bas Van Uyen prepared a 1.6kg Bannockburn Free Range Chicken for Pinjarra’s lunch and used the same meat to recreate Merrywell Bar & Dining’s most mouth-watering meal – the Grilled Chicken Burger – for the dedicated keepers.
According to Paul Hale from SEA LIFE Melbourne, the World Wildlife Day lunch gave the team the opportunity to reflect on the conservation work that has been undertaken to protect this ancient group of reptiles whose ancestors have been on earth for over 200 million years.
“Saltwater crocodiles are an excellent example of a successful conservation project. The species was almost extinct in Australia in the 1960s and 1970s as they were hunted for their meat and leather. The government stepped in and as a result crocodiles are protected and the population has bounced back,” said Paul Hale.
Located just across the Yarra River from SEA LIFE Melbourne at Crown Melbourne, Pinjarra’s new favourite restaurant, Merrywell Bar & Dining, is a vibrant space serving modern classics with seasonal ingredients and unique flavours.
“Our Grilled Chicken Burger is one of our newest and most popular dishes at Merrywell Bar & Dining and as burgers are loved universally, we knew that Pinjarra’s keepers would be truly satisfied with our offering for World Wildlife Day – not forgetting Pinjarra of course, who will be able to enjoy the entire Bannockburn Free Range Chicken to himself!” said Bas Van Uyen.
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