A crocodile-loving dad is starring on TV as a series charts his bid to open the UK’s first crocodile zoo.

Dad-of-three Shaun Foggett was followed by camera crews for months as he went about making his dream a reality by opening a zoo for 20 of the deadly creatures in the Oxfordshire countryside.

He told the Oxford Mail: “We filmed the documentary in March this year and we finished it about a month ago.

“It’s a journey about me following my dreams to open the UK’s first crocodile zoo.

“It’s all about me going to different places and learning about how they are kept in captivity.”

Filming for Croc Man – on Channel 5 at 8pm on Thursdays – took the crew to America, Denmark and a crocodile zoo in the south of France.

Mr Foggett says the zoo which opened in Crawley, near Witney, in February, is proving a big hit with the public.

He said: “I think we naturally as human beings are fascinated and drawn to predatory animals,” he said.

“Crocodiles always get a bad rap – they are not sweet and cuddly.”

The five-part TV series follows the former joiner and his family – wife Lisa Green and three children Billy, Louie and Shania – as they sell their Witney home and move in with his brother to fund the project.

He said: “Ever since I was a child I can always remember being fascinated by them and watching them on TV.

“I was captivated by how they can get so close to their prey without being detected.”

He said opening Crocodiles of the World had been a “very nerve-wracking time” but added: “It’s so far, so good.

“The response has been phenomenal, I’ve had groups in where some members of the party haven’t been particularly fascinated by crocodiles and they leave with this enormous appreciation.

“I’ve always believed there will be a lot of people interested in crocodiles, but at a normal zoo there’s usually just one crocodile sat by themselves.

“A lot of people have mentioned how active our crocodiles are.”