Above: Nile Crocodile
I first learned of Crocodile Encounter while at a recent festival. I was so incredibly blown away by Mr. Leonard Brown and Andrew Austin’s presentation, that contacting Mr. Chris Dieter, Owner of Crocodile Encounter seemed the next logical step. He was kind enough to agree to meet me on Sunday, May 7, 2017 so I drove about 1 hour to Angleton, Texas meet Mr. Dieter and see the actual facility in person.
P.S. I PROMISE your kids and YOU will LOVE it!!!
Mr. Dieter, a married man of over 10 years to his bride, Bernadette has been in business over 15 years with almost no advertising! They have two children, Bryson 9 and Brooks is 6. I was equally floored to learn they are a zero debt facility! Wow! Perhaps they should teach financial instruction as well!!!!
Mr. Andrew Austin was our group’s Presenter/Guide – who apparently has NO fear!!
Chris Dieter is easy to talk to and extremely down to earth! Unsurprisingly, before deciding to make Crocodile Encounter a full-time gig, Mr. Dieter was a Biology Teacher for Angleton ISD. Actually that’s where he met the love of his life Bernadette! She was an ESL Teacher down the hall! Now, Mrs. Dieter is the Science Coordinator at Pearland ISD.
These little guys were so small (relatively speaking) and cute!
I’d say it speaks quite highly of Chris Dieter that many of his old students now are employed by him! One of his staff members told me, “This is my dream job!”.
When asked if Mr. Dieter had a favorite – “Yes, Ajax – a Nile Croc.”, was his response. He explained how even though they aren’t cuddly creatures, how close you become with them all and how well they all will recognize you after a short period of time. Also, how painful it will be to lose Ajax one day for him. They’ve just all become such a huge part of the Dieter’s lives!
I can envision Chris as a teacher and have no doubt he was everyone’s favorite teacher. He even kept a Caimen and Alligators in his classrooms initially.
When asked what his biggest challenge is, he just smiled and said…”where to go next and what to add”. The thing Mr. Dieter is the most proud of…”Maintaining a really good, quality environment and living conditions”. He believes in never making the creatures feel crowded in their surroundings and wants it as natural as possible. These guys are not for sale either!
Crocodile Encounter is so well respected that San Diego and Houston Zoo’s will ofter send over their tortoises once they become to large and they will live out their lives here!
Pot Bellied Pig
Source: YouTube by Texas Chronicles: Crocodile Encounter of the fun kind
Thanks for sharing in our “wild and crazy” journeys!
Elizabeth and Max