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Hands-on lesson in croc catching

By Louise Errington

Conservation and Land Management students (back, from left) Brett Webster, Con Farrell, Christina Triantafillidis and Joel Ozgin, (front, from left) Vijay Sheokand, Nuno Cintra and Comfort Ncube Conservation and Land Management students (back, from left) Brett Webster, Con Farrell, Christina Triantafillidis and Joel Ozgin, (front, from left) Vijay Sheokand, Nuno Cintra and Comfort Ncube

A group of students had the learning experience of their lifetime when they assisted with the removal of a four-metre saltwater crocodile from a public reserve.

Certificate III Conservation and Land Management student Comfort Ncube said he was thrilled to have been given a crocodile handling lesson directly from the experts within the NT Parks and Wildlife Crocodile Management Team.

“The class was at Fogg Dam Conservation Reserve as part of our pest management studies when we noticed a crocodile trap had been sprung,” Comfort said. “We contacted the Rangers’ station and when they saw how big the croc was they asked us to help them secure and lift it into their vehicle.

“It would have weighed at least half a tonne.”