The largest crocodile in the world, the marine crocodile, is no longer in danger thanks to the profitability of crocodile farms.
Another crocodile, larger and more dangerous than the Orinoco crocodile, has also been saved thanks to the economic returns it has begun to generate.
Measuring up to eight metres in length, the saltwater crocodile is the largest reptile in the world.
Its aggressiveness has earned it the name of devourer of men, and its strength has made it a god and demon for the natives of south-east Asia and Oceania. The Australian Aborigine god, Ginka, the demon of the crocodile men of New Guinea, the nightmare of the first Australian colonists…With good reason, it has been feared by all. In these waters, no one is safe from this powerful dragon, which, however, lost its invincibility with the arrival of firearms.
Indiscriminate hunting almost entirely wiped out the saltwater crocodile.
But then, a new alternative occurred to the Australian naturalists and farmers, an alternative that would save the life of the species.
The crocodile farms were the paradoxical salvation of these powerful reptiles.
The owners of the lands through which the rivers containing crocodiles flowed killed them due to the danger they represented for them and their cattle. But the crocodile farms pay considerable amounts for the eggs of these animals and the landowners have begun to consider the crocodiles as simply another source of income. On the other hand, on the farms they incubate the eggs and some of the animals are returned to their natural habitat, after the first days of their lives, when the crocodiles are most vulnerable. And, at the same time, they obtain more eggs on the same farms, because some adult females are used for breeding. Obviously, for all this, the crocodiles have had to pay a very high price.
The skin of the estuarine crocodiles is the best leather in the world; and for this skin great amounts of money are paid. But, even so, for the saltwater crocodile the overall balance is favourable. And for the crocodile farmers too. Because, along with the leather, new sources of income have appeared in the form of tourism.
On the same farms where they sell the crocodile skin, they are starting to put on shows so the public can get to know and admire this powerful reptile.
And here too, the scientists contracted by the farms carry out important studies which help in the conservation of their populations in the wild.
And the talks and teachings of the monitors on the farms show how to avoid attacks by this super-predator, while they educate people to admire and value this surviving relic from past eras.