Critta Cam: Baby Indian Gharial

Sep 16, 2016
by Editor in Chief

YouTube - Peter Birch visits Lauren at the St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park to see some bizarre looking crocodilian beauties and to get up close to a world’s first. Indian Gharials are one of three species of crocodilians found in India, often known as the long nosed crocodile. Due to loss of riverine habitat, depletion of fish resources, and entanglement in fishing nets, the Gharial has become one of the most critically endangered species in the world today. The population has drastically declined in the past 70 years with an estimated global wild population of fewer than 235. The St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park was able to produce the first captive hatched Indian Gharial outside of its home territory. Not only do they house every crocodilian species in the world but they also lead the way in breeding projects of critically endangered species of many other crocodilians.