From the brink of extinction to Australia’s croc ‘paradise’

Darwin (Australia) (AFP) – Conservation efforts in Australia’s far north are credited with helping wrestle the saltwater predators back from the verge of extinction, with experts Grahame Webb and Charlie Manolis describing a unique program that relies on wild egg harvesting, removing problem crocodiles and safety campaigns that allow the scaly predators to coexist with the locals in Australia’s Northern Territory. Darwin’s Crocodylus Park, founded by Webb, is home to problem crocodiles that were removed for eating cattle or posing a risk to people. Croc keeper Jess Grills says the crocodiles under her care are now in “paradise” and her tours help visitors respect the imposing reptiles.


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