Reptile Discovery!

Programs for Zoological Parks, Museums
& Herpetological Societies


Bruce Shwedick narrates this sixty-minute slide presentation.  It features beautiful and dramatic photographs taken by Bruce in his African travels over the past twenty years.  In 1978, Bruce attended Africa’s first crocodile workshop.  It was the beginning of his training in the field of crocodile conservation.  He has traveled to Zimbabwe, South Africa, Botswana, Kenya, Liberia and Cote d’Ivoire.

In this program Bruce presents the natural history of the Nile crocodile, one of Africa’s most feared predators. From the time they were considered vermin and almost exterminated by game wardens and hide-hunters to the realization by scientist’s that they are a vital part of the ecosystem in Africa’s vast rivers, lakes and swamps.  The value of their hides that once meant their demise now holds promise for their future survival due to the sustainable harvesting practiced by crocodile ranchers.  They still face an uncertain future due to pollution and the use of gill nets in which they are entangled and drown.  The Nile crocodile is considered a mystic animal by some and a terrifying menace by others.

The program concludes with a profile of Africa’s two species of forest crocodiles. The Dwarf Crocodile is an inhabitant of underground burrows and the Slender-snouted crocodile is found primarily in small rivers that flow thru the African rainforest.

"Bruce, you gave an excellent presentation at Suncoast Herp Society in February. All the members really enjoyed it.  Hopefully you will be able to speak for our society again."
Mark Kirchner, President, Suncoast Herpetological Society

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