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Crocodile Hunting in Jamaica

A roughly seven-foot female crocodile opens its toothy jaws in one of several fenced pens at a sanctuary in the mountain town of Cascade in northern Jamaica. The poaching problem has gotten so bad in Jamaica that a passionate reptile enthusiast, Lawrence Henriques, has set up the crocodile sanctuary and captive rearing program, far from the animals' southern habitat, as insurance against future loss.

Crocodile Poaching in Jamaica


Crocodiles were once so abundant along the salty rim of southern Jamaica that images of their toothy jaws and spiny armor crown the tropical island's coat of arms and are stenciled on the bumpers of military vehicles.

Now, the big reptiles are increasingly difficult to spot, and not just because they blend into swampy backgrounds. These days, a growing taste for crocodile meat and even eggs in Jamaica has conservationists worried that the reptiles might be wiped from the wild altogether, although they've been protected by law since 1971.