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October 07, 2016
BENEFITING: AMERICAN ASSOCIATON OF ZOO KEEPERS
EVENT DATE: Oct 13, 2016
This year, CroctoberFest will benefit the critically endangered Chinese alligator. Chinese Alligator The Chinese alligator (Alligator sinensis) is the only Alligatorid species outside of the America’s and is a relatively small species, reaching lengths of about 2 meters. It is one of the world’s most endangered crocodilians.
Although they were once widely distributed in China’s lower Yangzi River basin, individuals are now restricted to the southeastern Anhui Province. Human population pressures have led to wild populations experiencing severe declines, and there may be fewer than 125 adults left in the wild.
This alligator inhabits the area of climatic transition between subtropical and temperate regions of eastern China. They are inactive from late October through mid-April in subterranean dens dug into the edges of ponds, marshes, or rice paddies. Wetlands they formerly occupied have been lost to agriculture. The few remaining adults have little opportunity to reproduce. In 1999, only four females nested in the wild. Eggs were collected and taken to the Anhui Research Center for Chinese Alligator Reproduction (ARCCAR), a breeding center established in 1979. Thanks to the efforts of the ARCCAR there are now some 10,000 captive individuals. Adults continue to be persecuted.
In recent times animals have been shot and poisoned or displaced from their last refuges by drought and floods. Funds from this years Croctoberfest fundraiser will go directly to the Crocodilian Advisory Group (CAG) who manages this animal with long-term goals in place to preserve its genetic diversity. The CAG is also involved in habitat restoration and reintroduction. In fact, an estimated 100 babies have been produced from reintroduced animals on Chongming Island.
Ladies & Gents, Family & Friends, Lets see just how much money we can raise during the next couple of months. Every dollar counts. These animals need our help! 100% of all proceeds raised during fundraiser will go towards crocodilian conservation.