The Crocodile Zoo in Protivín made a world record last week, as it succeeded in being the first country outside of tropical lands to rear one of the most endangered species of crocodile – the Indian gavials (Gavialis gangeticus).
On May 4, 2017, a total of 14 small and healthy Indian gavils hatched at the Protivín zoo, after the zoo had spent six years of working with gavials from India.
The gavial crocodile, also known as the gharial, and the fish-eating crocodile, is native to the northern part of the Indian Subcontinent. The global wild gharial population is estimated at fewer than 235 individuals. They are threatened by loss of river habitat, depletion of fish resources, and entanglement in fishing nets. The gharial is one of the longest of all living crocodilians, measuring up to 6.25m, and its long mouth is well adapted to catching fish.
The Crocodile Zoo aims to exhibit all 23 crocodile species in its exhibition. Since opening in 2008, the zoo has focused on compiling breeding groups of endangered and critically endangered crocodile species, and making sure they have optimal conditions for reproduction.
The zoo operates under strict ecological considerations and also operates the Zoological museum.