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Established since 1988, this Caiman Crocodile and American Crocodile farm is located in Puerto Salgar - Cundinamarca, Colombia. Nestled between two mountain ranges along the Magdalena river, the hot and humid climate makes the farm-site the perfect environment for the farming of crocodilians. Place where the Ricaurte family, through care, trial and error testing and innovation, has made of Lirica a regional leader in raising Crocodiles and Caimans and providing quality raw salted skins to exotic leather tanneries and distributors around the globe. Everything bred and raised at the farm under a closed production cycle, and complying with local and international environmental regulations.
• Improve the existing facilities for each growth stage to guarantee animals health, employees safety, and the end-product is unblemished.
• Adapt to customer needs, not only in terms of skin characteristics, but also environmental permits, inventory management and shipping logistics that lead to reliable business relationships.
• Empower employees to achieve as a team the long-term objectives of the company, with opportunities for personal and career development.
• Protect the environment through a 100% closed production cycle and a water recirculation system.
• Ensure honesty and transparency towards regulation authorities and stakeholders.
• Respect all members of the company’s community and the surrounding environment.
• Embrace quality as the corporate drive, aiming for excellence and improving in each and every step of the production process.
• Exceed expectations of customers by fulfilling orders as agreed, while offering outstanding quality and customer service.
• Pursue growth by research and development of better and more efficient procedures.
Lirica SAS was established in 1988, when the Ricaurte family embarked on a new adventure by introducing Caiman Crocodiles to a designated area in their hot and humid dairy farm and built the first breeding enclosures. In 1991, the Ricaurte’s decided to expand into American Crocodiles and obtained the permit to capture the breeding footprint. Since 1992 up to date, through care, trial and error testing and innovation, Lirica has gone through a continuous transformation process in which it has built and/or renovated its facilities with the objective of achieving short and long term company goals. Among the facilities that have been built and/or renovated at Lirica through time, includes its breeding enclosures, incubation chambers, growth stages pens, water treatment plant and reservoirs, compost and offices, as well as machinery directly related into the production process of the farm. Currently, Lirica has a livestock population of around 100,000 animals. The animals are born and raised under Lirica´s closed production cycle. The eggs are carefully collected from the breeders and then sent to the incubation chambers. Once the newborns hatch, they are nurtured and passed throughout the farm’s growth stages (neonatal, nursery, pre-juveniles and juveniles). Giving Lirica a production capacity of over 40,000 quality skins per year in a wide variety of cuts and sizes.
Lirica SAS complies with all the local and international regulations to commercialize its raw/salted skins of Caiman Crocodile and American Crocodile. All skins are shipped with its proper tags and certificates to guarantee its authenticity and legitimacy. Lirica is certified by ANLA - Autoridad Nacional de Licencias Ambientales at a local level, and by CITES (The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) at a global level, as a “closed production cycle” breeding farm authorized to commercialize both Caiman Crocodile and American Crocodile raw salted skins, as well as crusted and finished skins through our industrial partner at a worldwide level.
We understand that the basis of our business relies on the environment and its wildlife. Currently the American Crocodile is listed in CITES Appendix 1, which means the species is threatened with extinction and so its trade is permitted ONLY to certified farms that proof they are not affecting wildlife population with its activity. The Caiman Crocodile are not considered in such risk level, they are still under Appendix 2, which includes species not necessarily threatened to extinction, but its trade is monitored closely to avoid utilization incompatible with their survival. Lirica SAS operates as a closed production cycle captive breeding farm which has been established without detriment to the wild population. Furthermore, Lirica gives back 5% of the farm’s hatchlings to the local authorities, capital which is then reinvested on environmental projects managed directly by local authorities, which aim to study the species and its habitats, or for repopulating designated areas. Additionally, Lirica has its own water treatment plant, in which solids waste is filtered out of the water with the objective of recycling this precious resource for future processes. Furthermore, all organic solid waste is collected and taken into the composting facility, which through a natural decomposing process, waste is further processed and used as fertilizer.
PROCESSES AND FACILITIES
Lirica has all the proper facilities to ensure an organized line of production that allows the crocodile farming process to flow naturally all the way from the breeders to the raw/salted skins, guaranteeing optimum skin conditions for tanning, dyeing and finishing.
Caiman Crocodile Breeders
8,000 Caiman breeders are divided into 17 lagoon closures.
Caiman Crocodile Breeders
8,000 Caiman breeders are divided into 17 lagoon closures.
American Crocodile Breeders
350 breeders are, distributed in 19 breeding closures.
Nests are placed into specially designed containers and preserved under strict incubation parameters to assure a healthy development of the embryo before hatching.
Classified by size, animals are divided into four growing stages:
Water Treatment Plant
The water used to raise and grow the crocodiles is collected in a treatment plant, where it is treated through natural flocculation, aeration, and filtering processes to remove the content of solids and microorganisms to recycle water for future productions.
This type of crocodile species belongs to the reptile crocodylians family. Its habitat includes most of Central and part of South America, mainly in tropic humid regions.
With the objective of helping the environment and wildlife in Colombia, Lirica offers quality finished products at wholesale prices directly to the end customer. In which 5% of the total farm production is destined to promote environmental projects managed by regional environmental authorities.
Frequently Asked Questions
- All skins supplied by Lirica are shipped with its CITES tags and CITES Certificate, which guarantees that skins are authentic and come from farmed raised animals.
- Yes, the MOQ required is of $5,000 USD per order.
- Generally, all skins are shipped by air.
- Lirica may offer tanning services to special clients on frequently sales program. For further information, please contact us and send us your order requirements.
- A closed production cycle crocodile farm is based on the principle that its production its 100% sustainable, in the sense the farm has its own breeding capacity where eggs are collected, nurtured in incubation rooms, cherished throughout the farm’s growth stages and finally selected either for to be sacrificed or repopulate breeding inventories, without affecting the natural wildlife reserves of the species being produced. Furthermore, one must know that Colombia in one of the few countries in the world with closed production cycle crocodile farming.
- As explained on the official website, “CITES (The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) is an international agreement between governments. Its aim is to ensure that international trade in specimens of wild animals and plants does not threaten their survival.” For more information, you may visit their website directly: https://www.cites.org/
- To place orders of Caiman Crocodile and American Crocodile raw/salted skins, please contact us and send us your order requirements.
- As long as skins are available within the company’s livestock, the lead time for Lirica to have skins ready to start shipping process is generally between 30-45 days. Big orders can take up to 60 days.
- After fleshing and packaging process, it is recommended that skins/packages are maintained under a dry and cold environment; preferably of maximum 40% of humidity and temperatures between 5-10 degrees Celsius.
- Lirica can provide manufacturing services. For further information, please contact us and send us your order requirements.
- A contact list of all national and regional authorities listed by counties can be found through the global entity which regulates the commercialization of exotic leather skins; The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).
- The IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) Red List it’s the place where you may find the relation of all threatened plants and animals globally evaluated using the IUCN Red List Categories and Criteria. They provide taxonomy, conservation status and distribution information of each species. For more information, you may visit their website directly: http://www.iucnredlist.org/