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Posted by Wes von Papinešu on January 03, 2000 at 20:55:39:
AFRICA NEWS SERVICE 27 December 99 City May Have To Relocate Crocodiles From Dam
Gaborone, Botswana (PANA): Botswana intends to relocate crocodiles which have been at the Gaborone Dam to another place because they may be dangerous to visitors.
The crocodiles were sighted for the first time a year ago at the dam which is used for recreational purposes by locals and tourists. The dam is also a source of piped water for Gaborone.
The Water Utilities Corporation, which is in charge of the dam said it is negotiating with the Department of Wildlife and National Parks to remove the reptiles and take them elsewhere.
How the reptiles came to be in the dam is not known, and neither is their origins.
However, Gaselemogwe Senai, an environmentalist with the corporation, has asserted that they probably came from Notwane Art, a stream where some people keep the reptiles.
He added that another possibility is that the crocodiles might have originated from Metsimotlhabe River which is a tributary to the dam.
Botswana's rivers are mostly seasonal streams that do not last for more than a month. It is likely that the crocodiles might have followed the streams that empty their waters in the dam during the rainy season.
Though the reptiles have not caused harm, the corporation said that they are carnivorous creatures that should not be left in the dam.
Crocodiles are one of the most dangerous and sneaky hunters among the carnivores.