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.
“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.