passion to save a creature that falls prey to uneducated individuals, such as poachers and trophy hunters.
The name, crocodile wrangler, is not a qualification, but rather an impressive subtitle to another job title, namely, a herpetologist. A herpetologist studies all things coldblooded and near the ground; more specifically amphibians and reptiles. “Crocodile wrangler” just sounds better than “frog catcher”. Nevertheless, a crocodile wrangler still does exactly that – wrangles crocodiles.
It all starts with a reason to capture the crocodile: its life is threatened by poachers or drought; it has become a problem, or an animal is needed by zoos or breeding programmes. Authorities will call out a crocodile specialist to capture the intended specimen and ensure that it is either destroyed or taken elsewhere – usually the latter. Subduing a large reptile, such as a crocodile, takes a team of wranglers to get the job done. The role of capturer and captured are reversed when the wranglers are on site, but the role of apex predator isn’t.
The team of wranglers usually needs to lure the croc onto land before trying to capture it. Once it’s on solid ground, the team jumps onto the croc like a loose mall and pins it down. The business end of the croc is always handled first, with a rope or tape wrapped around its snout to prevent it from changing the situation from hands-on to hands-off. Its legs are pulled up and onto its back and tied. This ordeal can sometimes take hours when dealing with really big crocodiles.
Undoubtedly, the most famous wrangler of them all has got to be Steve Irwin. Now, that was one man who loved his job, and loved it till the end. Known as the “Crocodile Hunter”, Steve also delved into wrestling other animals, such as snakes and bullfrogs, but his passion lay with these smiling giants.
To find out more about this job and the people who do it, check out these sites: www.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steve_irwin
Published By: Bronwyn Kemsley