The conservation of nature and natural resources in the broadest sense, with particular focus on the conservation of herpetofauna and their habitats. To establish breeding, research, educational, dissemination and transfer centers, field stations, and other establishments focusing on ecological and environmental issues. Activities[ edit ] One of the main attractions of the bank is the Crocodile Conservation Center. It is the largest breeding center of crocodiles in India and has bred thousands of crocodiles since its inception.
The conservation of nature and natural resources in the broadest sense, with particular focus on the conservation of herpetofauna and their habitats. To establish breeding, research, educational, dissemination and transfer centers, field stations, and other establishments focusing on ecological and environmental issues.
Activities[ edit ] One of the main attractions of the bank is the Crocodile Conservation Center. It is the largest breeding center of crocodiles in India and has bred thousands of crocodiles since its inception.
The captive breeding program at the crocodile bank was so successful that by the s there were over 8, crocodiles in residence, thousands had been reintroduced to the wild, and more sent to zoos and wildlife parks around the world.
The CrocBank has supplied crocodile eggs, snakes, water monitors, lizards and iguanas for breeding programs and for exhibits. The bank also provides surplus reptiles for transferring to other zoos and exchange programs.
Sinceover 1, crocodiles and several hundred eggs have been supplied to various state forest departments for restocking programmes in the wild and for setting up breeding facilities in other states in India and neighboring countries.
All three of the original species that were bred at the bank the mugger, the gharial  and the saltwater crocodile remain endangered, while the gharial is critically endangered and now faces extinction.
In Maythe bank successfully bred one of the world's most critically endangered turtles, the Indian painted roof turtle, Batagur kachuga, for the first time ever in captivity. The bank is home to another near endemic Batagur turtle, Batagur baska.
Incidentally, recent evidence suggests that this species is extinct in the wild and only 13 individuals remain in captivity, including 4 adult females of which 2 are at the CrocBank.
Edward Moll of Eastern Illinois University accepted an Indo-American Fellowship for a year-long sabbatical and based his studies and surveys, conducted throughout India, at the CrocBank. The CrocBank runs two permanent and fully staffed field bases the Andaman and Nicobar Environmental Team and the Agumbe Rainforest Research Station and usually also has several field projects running.
Public demonstration and education center at the park The park is home to one of the only approved snake venom extraction centres in India, the Irula Snake Catchers' Industrial Cooperative Society, which has a daily venom extraction show for the public at its snake farm. The anacondas have since been procured and are housed in enclosures.
As part of the efforts to give due importance to its exhibition potential, along with education and research, the bank was also engaged in talks with some conservation and breeding centres to procure Komodo dragons.
Frequent mobile exhibition-cum-awareness programmes for the nearby fishing villages along the East Coast Road are also conducted. The bank also has a multi-puppet theatre facility for children.
The park conducts regular demonstrations about reptiles to the visiting public The bank publishes a biannual herpetology journal called Hamadryad and is home to the largest library of herpetological literature in India. A partial listing of the institutions that the CrocBank is affiliated with, including committees, membership, collaboration, consultation, editorial, and networking, as of Well, I will admit to being perplexed and a little disappointed.
The Standard is my ‘go to’ site for a bit of invigorating ‘left-wing’ discussion to lift my day – less so now that we have a left-leaning coalition, but essential back in the days of the nasty Nats. Oct 30, · Latoxan employees extract venom from snakes including deadly black mambas and rattlesnakes by squeezing their jaws with their bare hands, a process they refer to as “milking.”.
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