San Diego (CA) Photos

January 17, 2009

Indian gharial, a critically endangered species

Filed under: San Diego Zoo — Tags: — washaw @ 6:00 am

The San Diego Zoo is one of the few places in the US to see an Indian gharial up close.  This male gharial is named Shook.   At feeding time each repitile is called by name and each comes up on the sand to the keeper to receive their fish.  Only boy gharials have the lump on the end of their snout.  As I watched Shook swam about in the water he he pushed a turtle out of his way.  A duck came in for a landing and I saw how quick the gharial could move, but the duck was quicker and got away.  The Indian gharial grows to 16 feet and over 1500 pounds. 

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San Diego Zoo entrance area from the sky ride

San Diego Zoo entrance area from the sky ride

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