Coast KZN

31 Dec 2017

Irresponsible croc feeding leads to St Lucia slipway closure

Tamlyn Jolly (Zululand Observer) Picture: Mike Bouwer

St Lucia’s Sugarloaf slipway has been closed until further notice. (Photo: Mike Bouwer)

The decision was made after numerous people thought it alright to feed wild crocodiles after dark

St Lucia’s Sugarloaf slipway and jetty have, with immediate effect and until further notice, been closed to the public from 6pm to 6am.

Local conservation authorities were forced to take the decision after at least one person was caught on video feeding the crocodiles from the slipway, standing just metres from more than one reptile.

Every evening last week cars were lined up at the slipway entrance (Photo: Mike Bouwer)

Despite signs enforcing the ‘no feeding of wild animals’ rule, this festive season saw, on one occasion, more than 10 vehicles lined up at the slipway apparently waiting to take part in this seemingly new phenomenon.

iSimangaliso Wetland Park, Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife and the St Lucia Ratepayers Association teamed up to install chains and signs at the entrance to the slipway area, and danger tape barricading off the actual slipway.

The evening closure of Sugarloaf slipway and jetty will be reassessed once the festive season is over.