Seronera Crocodile Farm; Hazyview

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Seronera Crocodile Farm, found in Hazyview, Mpumalanga is home to nearly 30 000 Nile crocodiles. This farm has been operational for over 30 years and is CITES registered. It is farms like ours that have allowed the Nile crocodile to no longer be on the CITES endangered species list, thanks to closely regulated farming practices.

Jeremy Wostenholm has a passion for Reptiles, Bird’s and Trees which began in his formative years on their family farm in the Eastern Cape.

This passion combined with his interest in animal conservation led to a growing interest in the Crocodilian field after a trip through East Africa in 1970. This trip revealed the severity of the plight of the Nile Crocodile, where during the 1950’s and 1960’s they were hunted and shot almost to extinction. Added to this only 1 in approximately 200 survive in the wild.

Nile Crocodiles were placed on the CITES 1 endangered species list and subsequently due to controlled farming of the Nile Crocodile they have been downgraded to CITES 2

“My mission has always been to keep Crocodiles in a natural environment and after 20 years, Seronera is now a beautiful Sanctuary, not only to the Nile Crocodile but a paradise for birds and a botanical garden of indigenous trees” says Jeremy.

Most of our loyal staff have been with us well over 10 years and have themselves developed an interest and a passion for this Crocodilian species.

The Breeding Process

The Nile Crocodile is sexually mature at 13 years of age in captivity. Eggs are laid only once a year and the number of eggs laid depends on the maturity of the Crocodile.

The eggs are placed in incubators which simulate their natural habitat and hatch after 3 months.

The hatchlings are then moved to a temperature controlled hothouse for 9 months before being moved to the dams where they can grow in the open air.

Nile Crocodiles are endemic to this area of South Africa so the climate suits them perfectly.

It then takes a further 3 years for them to reach their potential.

This Albino Nile Crocodile is very rare, possibly only one in a million, is now 8 years old and we keep her in a special enclosure with some friends for company.  An Albino Crocodile could never survive in the wild because of predation.

 

TOURS BY APPOINTMENT ONLY

Seronera Crocodile Farm is a working farm in Hazyview, Mpumalanga, that offers a memorable opportunity to view thousands of Crocodiles on a farm which is beautifully treed and has abundant birdlife.

Currently we are running a tour with a duration of approximately 90min at 09:30am, although we are flexible with the time, by prior arrangement.

Please contact Jeremy directly on   083 459 0733

 

Contact details

J.M. Wostenholm
Seronera Crocodile Farm
P.O. Box 89
Hazyview
1242
Mpumalanga
South Africa

Cell: +27 (0) 83 459 0733

       www.seronera.co.za

       jeremy@seronera.co.za

NEAREST TOWN Hazyview
COUNTRIES South Africa,
HIGHLIGHTS
Crocodile Farm Tour Crocodile Skin Products
Fantastic Experience 30 000 Crocodile
DESTINATIONS
Hazyview; Mpumalanga

 

Products

Our aim at Seronera is to produce the very best quality, 1st Grade Skins for our International Clients who produce the finest high fashion items. The growing demand for these exotic skins demands that our farming practices need to be of the highest possible standard, a perfect stress-free environment and food to be of the highest quality.

Products include Ladies Wallets / Mens Wallets and a variety of Accessories.

La Croc’s exclusive products come from our very own Nile crocodiles that are farmed in two sanctuaries which are home to nearly 60 000 crocodiles. The sanctuaries are found in Hazyview, Mpumalanga and in Bela Bela, Limpopo Province, South Africa. Both these farms have been operational for more than 30 years and are family concerns.

We are CITES registered, as are all the skins used for our beautiful products. It is farms like ours that have allowed the Nile crocodile to no longer be on the CITES endangered species list, thanks to closely regulated farming practices.

Great effort is taken to ensure that all our products are crafted to the highest possible standards.

CITES – Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species
CITES is an International “treaty” that went into force in July 1975. The aim is to ensure that international trade in certain species of plants and animals did not threaten their existence. Appendix I being critically endangered. CITES lists the South African Nile Crocodile under Appendix II which is not threatened but controlled & regulated trade is permitted.

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