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…even the two kids weren’t afraid to hold the croc as their mum sliced its neck. “Na only 4 Niger Delta dis kind thing fit happen oh. Gbam!”


T
he picture above had been widely circulated across Nigerian social networks for some days now; and it obviously describes one of the dangers confronting Nigeria’s ecological biodiversity.

It is no doubt that man’s appetite for food and clothing can never be satiated as long as the words ‘culture’ and ‘trend’ (respectively) continue to exist in the dictionary of the world system; but by the time we’ve finished consuming all our crocodile species, we’ll probably be happy with a destabilized ecosystem.

Hundreds of amazing crocodile communities bejewel the Niger Delta creeks, constantly exposed to predation from the locals. No one say’s crocodile meat is bad or poisonous, neither has anyone said man shouldn’t eat from the abundance of God’s creation. The only worry is the constantly burgeoning rate of consumption that far surpasses the rate of replacement. This is why a tactless and careless government is of no use to the rich but unexploited ecotourism potentials of our dear country Nigeria.

Nevertheless, this is yet another endangered tourism potential in Nigeria; and who shall help us salvage what is left of these endowments: a foreigner clothed in the garments of Mary Slessor or the poor Niger Delta pikin who’s belly is his one and only ‘development project’?

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This article was written by Folarin Kolawole

Founder of Naijatreks, Nigerian-born Folarin Kolawole is a geologist, travel writer and researcher. When not at work, he travels the length and breadth of Nigeria, exploring, taking photos and writing about her numerous hidden tourist potentials.   'Naijatreks' is a product name registered under the Ntreks brand, which is also duly registered by Nigeria's Federal Corporate Affairs Commission. The contents on this blog are re-usable. However, it must be ensured that it is linked back to this blog, and correctly attributed to Naijatreks or the author. Please do not edit, rewrite or commercialize the original works on this blog without direct and written permission from the Founder (Folarin Kolawole). For inquiries and advert placement on the blog, kindly contact us at info@naijatreks.com or naijatreks@gmail.com.

lightherlamp@msn.com' LightherlampMarch 10, 2012 at 1:37 pmReply

Your articles need to be published in local newspapers to alert people who seemingly don’t care. There are no ‘enforced’ regulations concerning preservation of tourism and associated risks.

NaijatreksMarch 10, 2012 at 6:55 pmReply

@Jaycee…yes you are absolutely right about lack of enforced conservation regulations in Nigeria…will definitely see to it that the message to the local newspapers…thanks alot :)

Nollywood REinventedMarch 12, 2012 at 4:42 pmReply

Right and then again there is the issue of poverty. The odds are that these people have nothing else to eat, and a hungry man…

NaijatreksMarch 13, 2012 at 8:08 amReply

@Nollywood REinvented…uhmm…hunger matter…but there are other sources of food which can be easily replenished, such as fishes, unlike crocodile species…that’s why they are endangered…the only excuse we may accept is the relatively low level of education in the Niger Delta region, which still connects back to the government in one way or the other….thanks for the note

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