John Lever feeds a large crocodile at his Koorana Crocodile Farm.
John Lever feeds a large crocodile at his Koorana Crocodile Farm. Chris Ison

Croc students go in ABC film

CROC College - the toughest classroom in CQ - will soon be aired on ABC as part of a series that features Koorana's croc legend John Lever showing rookies how to control these meat-eating machines.

The Koorana Crocodile Farm owner said he'd been running training courses for people interested in learning more about the cold-blooded creatures for quite a few years.

"One of the filmmakers of this series wanted to do one of these courses, but we were fully booked out, so I gave him a short two-day course, and he filmed it," John said.

"So he used that to sell it to ABC and that's where the idea came from."

The six by 30-minute factual series will follow six men and women selected for a five-week course learning how to manage saltwater crocodiles with filming set to take place next month.

John will lead the six successful applicants in order to gain enough practical experience to secure their own jobs in the crocodile industry. John said they will learn how to restrain large crocodiles, how to safely raid nests and remove eggs, how to treat sick and injured crocodiles and how to interpret crocodile behaviour.

Some students will also help John in a world-first conservation initiative being run by the University of Queensland.

The project aims to collect and store sperm from wild male crocodiles caught in the Northern Territory in the hope of artificially inseminating female crocodiles on John's Queensland farm.

"If this works then it will stop female crocs being threatened by the large male and prevent them from being attacked or killed," John said.

The series will be filmed at John's farm as well as parts of the Northern Territory.



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