Thursday, June 28, 2007

Gharials Released in India

Gharials are crocodile-like animals, which can grow up to 6 meters in length, is one of the longest reptiles and are endangered. For the past 20 years, zookeepers have been rearing them in the zoo and have released over 500 into the wild since 1986, but very few have lived and experts do not know why.

Some theories include the animals' failure to adapt to new habitat outside of captivity and pollution to the environment, but no one can say for certain. They have decided to start tagging them and tracking them by satellite, in hopes of discovering the answer.

The gharial has already disappeared from most major rivers, but the Nandan Karan zoo has 25 adults and 40 juveniles. They have also added 50 hatchlings to their list in the last two months.

- BBC

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