Crocodile Farming in South Africa

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Crocodile farming for the production of superior quality crocodile leather can be profitable provided that aspects such as time, money, expertise and compliance to regulations are available and adhered to.

Crocodile farming can be a capital and time-intensive industry that needs to conform to various veterinary and legal requirements. Commercial crocodile production focuses on the production of crocodile leather and as a less important byproduct, also crocodile meat. While poaching and a deterioration of water quality in their natural environment leads to a huge reduction of wild populations, crocodile farming can benefit nature in providing animals for restocking natural reserves but also opportunities for research to ensure an improvement in animal health and that of aquatic systems. 

This series of articles provides an overview of some aspects of crocodile farming in South Africa including the supply of crocodile products.

By Marinda Louw

Conservation vs Farming of Crocodiles

Through the ages, crocodiles (of the family Crocodylidae) have been hunted for their skins, meat, claws, body parts and oil which have led to a dwindling in wild populations....more

Crocodile Production

The South Africa Crocodile Industry Association (SACIA) represents all the participants in the industry and promotes the ethical production of crocodile products....more

Crocodile Products

The main product of crocodile farming is the skins. Crocodile meat is becoming more popular, especially with certain ethnic groups in South Africa....more

How to Farm with Crocodiles

Not only do crocodile farmers need to comply with laws, but successful crocodile farming also requires time, money and lots of experience and knowledge about these reptiles...more