It’s been a busy few weeks at the zoo in terms of animal moves… and all animal moves, regardess of species or size, require careful strategic planning by our keeper teams to make sure the transitions go as smoothly and stress-free as possible.
Our arrivals include an array of stunning fish who have been re-homed here at the zoo following the closure of Underwater World in Surrey. These fish not only look fantastic for our underwater viewing, but also help with cleaning too!
We have also welcomed two female Black caiman from our friends at Krokodille zoo in Denmark. The Black caiman is the largest member of the alligator family and the largest predator in the Amazon River basin, with adult males reaching 4-5 metres in length. The species gets its name from its dark, black skin and was once hunted to near extinction. Thankfully populations have now recovered dramatically but still face threats from illegal hunting and habitat destruction. Crocodiles of the World is the only zoo in the UK where you can see this iconic species.
The sharing of crocodiles with other zoos for conservation, research and breeding is a really important part of what we do. As part of this one of our Saltwater females has joined Thrigby Hall to hopefully enjoy companionship with their male Saltwater croc. Shaun Foggett, Zoo founder, delivered the Saltie personally and made sure she was safe and happy in her new surroundings. Her release went swimmingly as you can see below…