Colin Stevenson

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Colin has had a fascination with crocodilians almost from his birth in the mid-1960s. Despite his friends and family assuming he would grow out of this obsession, he remains as fascinated now as ever with these incredible animals.

Colin established an educational company in Australia that still operates, taking crocodiles and other reptiles to schools, colleges, etc in order to inspire children and engender some respect for these maligned creatures. He also developed the Hunter Valley Zoo in NSW, before heading across to the UK.

In the UK, Colin established the first company licensed to take crocodilians routinely to schools within England. This educational business led him to acquire over 9 species of crocodilian, and here he renewed his ties with Rene Hedegaard at the Danish Crocodile Zoo.

As a member of the IUCN/SSC Crocodile Specialist Group, Colin co-edited the 2010 revision of the CSGs Action Plan for crocodiles.

In 2011, he took up the position as Director of the famous Madras Crocodile Bank in Chennai, India. Clearly a phenomenal learning opportunity, the role allowed Colin to contribute to various husbandry, education and conservation/research projects within India.

Having returned to the UK, Colin was the manager of the animal collection at Hartpury College in Gloucester. He is currently the Head of Education at Crocodiles of the World – the UKs only crocodile zoo.

E: coleosuchus@hotmail.com

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