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But today new methods of utilization and protection combined are providing a chance for sustainability. Ranching (i.e. bringing eggs or hatchlings from the wild and raising them in captivity) and captive breeding (farming) by local people can contribute to local economies and also to crocodile populations. These farms are allowed to raise crocodiles for market as long as they release sufficient numbers of juveniles to bolster the local populations. The method has been used successfully in the United States and is already branching out to other central and South American countries, along with pilot programs in the Caribbean. While not a perfect plan, there are a lot of advantages to reintroducing crocodiles and at the same time encouraging native peoples to protect them for their own self-interest.

Journal Sources:

1. Duellman, William E.(2003). The American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists. AMPHIBIANS AND REPTILES OF COSTA RICA. 1, 205-207.
2. Thorbjarnarson, John. (1999) Crocodile Tears and Skins: International Trade, Economic Constraints, and Limits to the Sustainable Use of Crocodilians. Journal of Conservation Biology. 13, 465-470
3. Platt, Steven G. and Thorbjarnarson, John B. (2000) Status and conservation of the American crocodile, Crocodylus acutus, in Belize. Journal of Biological Conservation. 96, 13-20
4. Rosero-Bixby, Louis and Palloni, Alberto. (1999) Population and Deforestation in Costa Rica. Journal of Conservation Biology, 32, 12-13.
Book Sources:
1. Alderton, D. (1998). Crocodiles & alligators of the world. New York, New York.
2. Grenard, S. (1991). Handbook of alligators and crocodiles. Malabar, Fla.
3. Kricher, J. (1999). A Neotropical Companion. Princeton U. Press, New Jersey.
4. Ross, Charles A, Ed. (1989). Crocodiles and Alligators. New York, New York
5. Zappalorti, Robert T. (1976) The amateur zoologist's guide to turtles and crocodilians. Stackpole Books, Harrisburg, Pa.
Previous Papers:
1. Moyer, Nathan. (2002) Crocodilians: an order of fear. Science center database, student research topic.
Ross, James Perran, Ed. (2000) Species Accounts of Costa Rica - Status Survey and Conservation Action Plan. IUCN.
Field Biological Report: Select Herps of Costa Rica -
Britton, A. (2002) Crocodilian Species List: Crocodylus acutus
and Caiman crocodilus

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