The village lives with hundreds of crocodiles

About 30 km from the capital of Ouagadougou, Bazoule in Burkina Faso, Africa, is known for more than 100 ferocious crocodiles living in the village.

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Instead of fear, residents of the village of Bazoule, Burkina Faso, a country located in West Africa, live in harmony with the crocodile. This has even become a unique tradition, preserved over generations. Photo: Active wild.
Bazoule
The crocodile in Bazoule belongs to Suchus Crocodylus, a relative of the Nile crocodile. They are also known as desert crocodiles or West African alligators, mainly found in forests and surrounding areas. Their ancestors adapted to the changing environment of Africa, from lush steppe 10,000 years ago to the harsh and arid Sahara today. Photo: hiveminer.
Bazoule
Unlike Nile crocodiles, which prefer large rivers, West African crocodiles live in lagoons, swamps, and forested areas. They are even found in wetlands formed after rains or basins caused by groundwater from streams. Photo: Fiveprime.
Bazoule
In the dry season, when water evaporates, crocodiles overcome the summer in a difficult and painful way. They fast for a long time, move to more humid areas or go to the forest to avoid the heat and drought. Along with climate change, the number of crocodiles in Bazoule is decreasing and facing the risk of complete disappearance. Photo: South China Morning Post.
Bazoule
West African crocodiles are less aggressive than Nile crocodiles and often do not attack people. Not only the village of Bazoule, but also many communities throughout West Africa have lived close to crocodiles. Instead of being afraid, people worship and protect them from threats. They believe that crocodile comes from the sky with the rain and if the crocodile is no longer, the water will disappear. Photo: Fiveprime.
Bazoule
Coming to Bazoule, visitors can easily catch the image of children playing in the lake next to where the crocodiles are swimming or resting. Children can sit on their backs unafraid by the belief that crocodiles represent the spirits of ancestors who always protect the village. At death, they are buried, even organizing funerals like humans. Photo: Reddit.
Bazoule
This sacred crocodile is also found in the town of Paga, west of Burkina Faso. Both Bazoule and Paga attract many tourists every year. Guides will make bait from live chickens and lure crocodiles out of the lake. Tourists not only look at but are also patted and photographed with them. This is also an interesting experience that visitors are hard to miss when visiting this land. Photo: Flickr.

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