National Geographic : 1996 Jun
from any stress. At night the pens of young crocs look like fields of jewels when their eyes are illuminated by an electronic flash (left). In about three years six foot animals are ready to harvest. They are washed (below), skinned, and salted. Australiaexports about 5,000 skins a year. Most go to Paris, where a crocodile-skinpurse can sell for $10,000. In the Northern Territory, which contains Australia's largest population of crocs an estimated 65,000-biolo gist Grahame Webb has led the way in establishingpro grams that help crocs and humans coexist. A leading conservationist, Webb has devised programs for public education, removal of prob lem crocs from populated areas,and creation of farms so landowners can benefit commercially from the crocs.