Crocodile farm makes a snappy return after cyclone

FENCES broken, crocodiles missing and no electricity; John Lever had his work cut out for him in the wake of Cyclone Marcia.

The Koorana Crocodile Farm owner's first priority was to ensure his reptiles were safe.

"There were only about 10 crocs out and we've caught them all so far; they were only two to three footers," John said.

"We found them within the farm and found two more crocs in the creek."

Loss of power has impacted the business financially, with crocodile meat and eight tonnes of crocodile food thrown out.

John saved the crocodile skins by sending them to Brisbane to stay in a chilled room. Along with damage and loss of products, they lost a week of trading.

The crocodile park opened its doors this week but had only 15 people walk through on Monday.

"This time of the year we get close to 50 people a day; the closure will set us back financially," John said.


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