National Geographic Ultimate Explorer
Dangerous man-eaters are on the prowl near the remote Ugandan village of Lubango, and the country’s government has turned to National Geographic Ultimate Explorer correspondent and crocodile expert Brady Barr for help. Barr’s plan is to train wildlife rangers to capture problem crocodiles and relocate them to places where they can do no harm.
updated 6/14/2004 4:18:32 PM ET 2004-06-14T20:18:32

Dangerous man-eaters are on the prowl near the remote Ugandan village of Lubango, and the country’s government has turned to Ultimate Explorer correspondent and crocodile expert Brady Barr for help. Along sections of Lake Victoria, Nile crocodiles regularly attack, kill and eat humans, in part because their natural food sources have been depleted by the encroaching human population. When villagers, often dependent on croc-filled rivers and lakes for water and food, bend over the water, they are suddenly in hungry-croc territory, and tragedy can result. In recent years, the Ugandan government has resorted to shooting menacing crocodiles. But Barr has a better solution: training wildlife rangers to capture problem crocodiles and relocate them to places where they can do no harm.

As Barr and the rangers well know, however, that’s often easier said than done. The Nile crocodile is one of the world’s most fearsome predators. It can grow to over 18 feet long and weigh more than 1,500 pounds. Sly and patient, it uses sudden, explosive attacks to take down prey, and its massive jaws can subdue even large animals with ease. Capturing a creature of that size and strength requires precision, skill, coordination and a tremendous amount of courage.

Together with local wildlife rangers, Barr sets his sights on capturing a giant killer crocodile in the bay near Lubango. It’s a risky mission, but the livelihood and well-being of the tiny fishing village could depend on the team’s success. As the capture unfolds, Barr must push his own talents — and body — to the limits, nearly risking everything to help the people of Lubango.

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