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World's Most Endangered Alligator Making a Comeback- In Shanghai

Read the article from Newswise.



Polyandry Found in Captive Orinoco Crocodiles

Very interesting article from PLOS Paleo Community. Recent study suggests that multiple paternity might be important part of mating systems for increasing the overall genetic diversity in populations, as well as the total size of populations.



35 Gharials released by Uttar Pradesh Forest Department in collaboration with WWF-India and Ganga Mitras in Hastinapur Wildlife Sanctuary

Article from WWF India. 35 captive reared Gharials have recently been released into the Ganga at Hastinapur. Since the first release into the area in 2009, 606 Gharials have been made their way back to the river.



Frugivorous Crocodylians?

Article from Phenomena.National Geographic . We all know that crocodylians are carnivorous, but do they occasionally choose to pass on the meaty meal and focus on a more fruity fare? Check out the story recently added to National Geographic.


Philippine Crocodiles Hatched at Cologne Zoo, Germany

The Philippine crocodile is among the rarest crocodilians in the world and the Crocodile Specialist Group has placed the Critically Endangered species on top of its priority list for conservation action and strongly recommended ex situ management due to its fragile status in the wild. The parents came from the Palawan Wildlife Rescue and Conservation Center (PWRCC) in the Philippines and reached Cologne Zoo in the year 2007. At first, the two Philippine crocodiles were held in a newly created, spacious off-exhibit facility at the Cologne Zoo Aquarium. In May 2011 they moved to the new public exhibit. Both in the off-exhibit facility and in the public exhibit of the Cologne Zoo the Philippine crocodile couple was kept separated for most of the time, due to the somewhat aggressive behavior. However, due to the manifold separable facility construction and continued target training the couple could be selectively brought together from time to time. First copulations occurred early 2012. Copulations from February to May 2013 finally led to an egg deposition at the end of April. In July 2013 the first two hatchlings appeared after more than 2.5 months incubation time. The first successful reproduction of this species in Europe is a significant contribution to the European studbook (ESB) population, coordinated from Cologne Zoo, which is also engaged with ethological research (student theses) of captive Philippine crocodiles. Prior to copulation attempts, a genetic screening had been conducted to prove purity of breeding and exclude potential hybrid specimens from the conservation breeding program. Besides financial support of in situ crocodile conservation activities in the Philippines (Mabuwaya Foundation), Cologne Zoo also implements in situ natural history crocodile research in Vietnam and Borneo. Check out a photograph of the one of the brand new hatchlings in the Gallery section of the site.


Baru Arrives

The Toledo Zoo welcomes Baru, A 17 foot long Saltwater Crocodile (Crocodylus porosus). The 1,500 pound Saltie can be seen on exhibit May 24, 2013 in the new Wild Walkabout area.


Grassroots Conservation

Story from Southern Laos. Watch as locals do their part to help out the critically endangered Siamese Crocodile (Crocodylus siamensis) Watch the video.


Chinese Alligator Introduction

An adult male Chinese Alligator (Alligator sinensis) arrives at the ABQ Biopark Zoo. Watch the video as he is moved onto exhibit where he will be eventually joined by 2 females. Chinese Alligators are a critically endangered crocodilian species with less than 150 adults left in the wild.


Saving the Last Siamese Crocodile

Article from Fauna & Flora International. The AZA Conservation Endowment Fund (CEF) just granted an award to for continued work on captive breeding and re-introduction of the Siamese croc in Cambodia.


L.A. Zoo Welcomes Female Tomistoma from Singapore Zoo

View the article from Thelearnedlizard.com . The Los Angeles Zoo is excited to welcome a rare female Tomistoma, a freshwater crocodilian species also referred to as a false gharial, to the collection at The Living Amphibians, Invertebrates, and Reptiles (LAIR). The 35-year-old female from the Singapore Zoo arrived by cargo plane on Wednesday, October 7 to hopefully become a breeding match for the 17-year-old male Tomistoma currently housed at the Zoo. The female will stay in a quarantined area in view of the public until she is medically cleared to begin the introduction process with the male.


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