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Saturday, April 11, 2009

Crocodilians in the News

An Australian man was killed by a large croc when he attempted to swim across a river where crocodiles were known to live. (News source, and here, and here.) Police shot the probable attacker.

A Zambian woman was killed by a crocodile while she was washing clothes at a river. (News source.)

Success in gharial breeding in India. (News source.)

The poor economy has hit a gator farm. (News source.)

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Friday, March 13, 2009

Gharial Study

Gharials are being radio-tagged in Nepal for study. (News source.)

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Sunday, December 21, 2008

Gharial Introduction

Plans to reintroduce captive-bred gharials into India's waterways continue... (News source.)

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Friday, November 21, 2008

Gharial Problem

Reintroduction of new gharials to the Chambal is on hold, until biologists can adequately determine why the species is dying off there. (News source.)

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Monday, June 23, 2008

Crocodilian News

A Texas man tries to find a new home for his 5-foot illegal alligator. (News source.)

China is reporting (for some reason) the sighting of some Chinese alligators in the wild. (News source.)

Two gharials were spotted 30km from the Tata Steel Zoological Park (in India ), where they escaped during flooding. (News source.)

An Australian man was fortunate enough to fight off an attack by a 15-foot saltwater crocodile. (News source.)

Baby Nile crocodiles synchronize their hatching by chattering to each other beforehand. (News source.)

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Saturday, June 14, 2008

Crocs in the News

A Malaysian man was killed by a crocodile on a tributary of the Batang Lupar. (News source.)

In India, a gharial was hatched out with a significant defect: no tail. The article speculates that it may be linked to a suspected toxin responsible for the recent gharial deaths. (News source.)

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Saturday, May 10, 2008

Gharial Breeding

The Prague Zoo is starting a breeding program for gharial, the first in Europe. (News source.)

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Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Gharials Nesting

Gharial nests have been found in Chambal's sanctuary, so there's (some) hope for the species... (News source.)

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Monday, April 28, 2008

Crocodilian News

A Florida golf ball diver was attacked by a 10+ foot alligator, managing to barely escape with a broken arm and crushed shoulder. (News source.)

A 3-foot crocodilian was reported from Swansea lake, in the UK. (News source.)

A hunt for gharials in Pakistan didn't locate any of the species. They may have been wiped out by hunters. (News source.)

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Saturday, March 22, 2008

Investigation Continues

The gharial deaths in India are still a mystery, though the colder weather recently may have helped abate the problem a little bit. (News source.)

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Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Fish Poisoning Gharials?

A crocodile expert suggests that toxins accumulating in the skin of tilapia are poisoning India's gharials. (News source.)

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Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Gharial Investigation Continues

Live gharials are been captured and tested to acquire baseline data, so that researchers can figure out what's killing the species in India. (News source.)

"Post mortem analysis of dead Gharials found ulcerated lesions in the stomach and some inflammation in the intestine. Absence of external injuries rules out accidental death or poaching. Toxicological and pathological examination of the organs of the dead gharials by the IVRI, Bareilly, and ITRC, Lucknow found lead concentrations between 0.7-1.4 ppm. Liver and kidney tissues indicate degenerative changes. Presence of various stages of protozoan parasite was also detected. Autopsies conducted on 4 dead gharials on 27th January, 2008 revealed significant gout – both visceral and articulate. Even the feet and tail joints had uric acid deposits. Gout is indicative of kidney failure as a result of toxic poisoning or disease. However, the gharials seemed in good health condition with fat deposits."

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Thursday, January 10, 2008

Gharial Deaths Continue

The Indian gharial epidemic continues, with over 100 dying on the Chambal river in the last 6 weeks. The cause is still unknown, but lead traces have been found in some bodies. (News source.)

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Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Gharial Mortality

21 endangered gharials have died recently in the Chambal River, India, possibly due to bacterial disease (though uncertain.) Conservationists are alarmed. (News source.)

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Thursday, November 22, 2007

Gharial Program

A captive breeding program for gharials is being set up in Assam, after a female was rescued from a fisherman's nets. (News source.)

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Tuesday, October 9, 2007

India Gharial

A gharial was videotaped by researchers in the the Brahmaputra river at Chapor near Dhubri, after being alerted by villagers. (News source.)

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Wednesday, October 3, 2007


Gharials are now considered critically endangered in India, as populations diminish in response to development on the rivers. (News source.)

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Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Overcrowded Zoo Gharials

A zoo in Orissa, India, has bred many endangered gharials -- so many, they are overcrowded now. Up until 2000, juveniles were released into the wild, but survival rates were low, so the practice was halted. They are now looking at more effective strategies for reintroduction. (News source.)

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Saturday, May 26, 2007

Gharial & Babies

There's a great image of a gharial with youngsters from the Nandankanan zoo in India at the Daily Mail. They plan to raise this latest batch of gharials for a few years, then reintroduce them into the wild.