There is a new kind of swap being planned in the animal world, and that too cross country. Indian crocodile breeders from Chennai and breeders from a crocodile zoo in Protivin, South Bohemia have decided to exchange a number of crocodiles within the two countries to help the gene pool survive.
Two experts from the Madras Crocodile Bank Trust, the world's best-known crocodile breeding and protection centre visited the Protivin Zoo a while back and have decided to send three gharial males and four females to the Protivin zoo and take two male and three female Cuban crocodiles to India. This move is being made to save endangered species from exticntion in both the countries.
It is already known that ghariyals in India are dying a fast death due to water pollution, hunting and changes in the climate and landscape. The last recorded population of the ghariyals showed just 1400 surviving in the wild.
With Cuban Crocodiles too the story is not good with only an estimate population of 3000-6000. It is endangered as a result of the small area it inhabits and also of crossbreeding with other species.
With breeders from both countries taking a keen interest in the conservation of the gene pool of the two species, it is hoped that ghariyals and the cuban crocodiles will make the new waters their home for life.
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