The hunting of crocodiles in Rhodesia for their skins caused such a scarcity that the authorities declared them protected animals about ten years ago.
LV & CU EXT. people walk into 'Crocodile Ranch' past sign (2 shots)
CU Sign: 'Croc Nursery'
SV ZOOM IN baby crocodiles into pool and swim across water
SV & CU Rancher Dave Higgins talks to tourists and handles baby crocodile (3 shots)
SCU and CU Rancher feeds meat to little crocodiles
CU Sign: 'Croc - 3 years'
SV Larger crocodiles cavort by pool
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Background: The hunting of crocodiles in Rhodesia for their skins caused such a scarcity that the authorities declared them protected animals about ten years ago.
Now a farm at Victoria Falls is breeding crocodiles by the thousand. Most still end up as expensive handbags or shoes, but under an official regulation several hundred young crocodiles bred on the farm must be released into the Zambesi River.
It's hoped that this will replenish crocodile stocks in Rhodesia's waterways.
The farm is also proving popular for tourists.
SYNOPSIS: This farm -- run by Mr. Dave Higgins -- expects to breed more than five thousand young crocodiles by early next year. It's become a popular spot for tourists.
Mr. Higgins feeds the baby crocodiles with care -- even the smallest can inflict a nasty bite.
If they escape being killed for their skins, these crocodiles can expect to live for seventy five years when they are released into the natural waterways of Rhodesia.