This video says about itself:
The rise and fall of the level of the Nile presents opportunities to many animals to thrive. As its level rises, diverse creatures, from otters to the ferocious looking Nile Monitor get the chance..
From British daily The Independent:
Royal stationer sells gifts made of rare lizard skins
By Martin Hickman, Consumer Affairs Correspondent
Monday, 14 July 2008
The Independent has discovered that the fashionable store is offering its wealthy clientele at least a dozen products made from the hides of wild reptiles for between £250 and £1,200.
Although legal, conservationists say the trade in “exotic leather” is barbaric and damaging to wild populations of scarce species. According to one expert, the animals are often skinned alive. …
Founded in 1887, the retailer has become highly fashionable thanks to Samantha Cameron, and is a supplier to the Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh – the honorary president of the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) – and the Prince of Wales. …
At its shops in New Bond Street and Sloane Street in London and online it sells at least a dozen items upholstered with wild lizards. They are not included in brochures nor advertised in store. Smythson declined to identify the species used. But details of import permits for lizards have been obtained from Animal Health, a Government agency, using freedom of information legislation. Three main species have been brought into the UK by businesses: the Nile monitor (Varanus niloticus); common tegu (Tupinambis merianae); and the water monitor (Varanus salvator). All are listed under Appendix II of Cites – although they are not threatened with extinction, their trade must be controlled “in order to avoid utilisation incompatible with their survival”.
Clifford Warwick, a biologist who has witnessed lizards being snared and then macheted, said: “The hunters will then cut their heads off and skin them. In most cases they are alive when they are skinned.” The animals had such a slow metabolism that when decapitated, they could be alive for up to an hour, he said. “If most people witnessed it they simply wouldn’t buy these things,” he added. “It’s unfortunate when people with such a high profile as the Royal Family are using a shop selling products with such an awful history.”
This news is in line with Prince Harry shooting endangered hen harriers; though not with the aims of the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
Already in the Sunday Mirror, Jul 30, 2006, the headline:
CAMERON’S RICH WIFE FLOGS pounds 6K ALLIGATOR SKIN JEWELLERY BOXES
Lizards of southern Europe: here.
Three arrested in Florida for alligator poaching: here.
After receiving video footage from PETA Asia’s new undercover investigation exposing the extreme suffering caused by the exotic-skins industry, Beaverton-based Nike and its affiliate Cole Haan announced that they will stop selling products that are made from exotic skins: here.