At home with rearing crocodiles for their highly-valued skin and meat

Daniel Haller with one of the crocodiles he keeps in his Nile Crocodile Farm in Kilifi County. LABAN WALLOGA | NATION MEDIA GROUP

What you need to know:

  • Haller slaughters between 4,000 and 5,000 reptiles each year and preserves their wet-salted skin at three degrees centigrade.
  • The reptile farmer got inspiration to rear the animals from his father. The senior Haller, a renowned environmentalist who once worked at Bamburi Cement Ltd, introduced crocodiles to eat dead chicken and sheep on his farm in the 1970s to avoid wastage.
  • “We have a centre along the banks of Tana River in Lower Tana Galili location where we engage residents to collect eggs for us between December and January left by the wild crocodiles. Each female lays about 32 eggs a year,” he explains.

Daniel Haller leans on a concrete wall of what looks like a fish pond gazing keenly at the animals inside.

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