The destiny of a crocodile species referred to as Africa’s newest and rarest depends on a zoo in the heart of Ivory Coast’s monetary capital Abidjan, which was faced with an uncertain future recently.
The crocodile is thin and snouted and was found by an American researcher in the zoo itself yet now it’s in a battle to survive.
According to biologist Matt Shirley, who discovered the West African crocodile species. “Essentially what we did, we kind of looked at some of the historic literature, and I don’t mean from 20 or 30 years ago, I mean from 150 years ago at what some of these very early British and French natural historians were recognizing about crocodiles across the landscape and what they were describing as unique species, based on what characters and why, and some of them made sense, or maybe made sense. Some of them didn’t. We kind of overlaid some of those hypotheses about species on the landscape, on the west and central African landscape and said ok, we’ve got a bunch of deserts here, we’ve got a mountain chain here, we’ve got habitat that’s totally inappropriate here, its never been appropriate for the past 20 thousand years. So what does that mean for those crocodile populations, “
The zoo additionally has a rearing project for the crocodiles and is getting help from partner associations in the United States. Up until this point, the rearing endeavors have created around 40 youthful crocodiles.
Some of youthful crocodiles are currently two years of age, and Shirley is consulting with the legislature to reintroduce them into the wild – first in Ivory Coast and after that somewhere else in West Africa. Today, close to 1,500 West African Slender-snouted Crocodile are accepted to exist in the wild, scattered over a region stretching out from Gambia to Nigeria.