Dragons of Paradise, Part II

Local call number: V-216 EA040; S. 1239

Title: [Dragons of Paradise, Part II]

Date of film: December 5, 1977

Physical descrip: color; sound; Original film length: 30:15.

General note: This film is part two of a two-part program on Florida’s most recognized reptile. Part two deals with the results of human encroachment into the alligator’s habitat. Concern for alligator population led to the addition of the alligator to the endangered species list. However, complaints of nuisance alligators and population growth caused them to be removed from the list after only few years of federal protection. John and Roland Denise, former poachers turned state-sanctioned "gator hunters," are shown on a hunting trip. Roland proudly displays a large axe he calls a "convincer" because it helps convince alligators to get into his boat. Ecologist Roy MacDiarmid of the University of South Florida and Dr. Archie Carr of the University of Florida scorn the Florida Game Commission’s decision to allow the sale of alligator hides gathered by hunters. Produced by WFSU-TV.

Series: WFSU-TV Films, 1960-1989

To see full-length versions of this and other videos from the State Archives of Florida, visit www.floridamemory.com/video/.

Repository: State Library and Archives of Florida, 500 S. Bronough St., Tallahassee, FL 32399-0250 USA. Contact: 850-245-6700. Archives@dos.state.fl.us

Persistent URL: floridamemory.com/items/show/252790

About Dragon Mystic

I fell in love with dragons when I read Tea With the Black Dragon, and never looked back. Not the clunky winged Medieval dragons that ate cows, the graceful Asian dragons that could fly without wings. Later I discovered the elegant Welsh dragons, red and white, as described by R.J. Stewart in his books on the historical Merlin.
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