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Multicroc exhibits: hugs or bites?

Discussion in 'General Zoo Discussion' started by JigerofLemuria, 16 Apr 2016.

  1. JigerofLemuria

    JigerofLemuria Active Member

    28 Jan 2016
    For the last century, crocodilians have been kept successfully in zoological collections. There were some zoos, such as Berlin's zoo-aquarium and the Berlin Tierpark, that kept multiple species in one exhibit. These two zoos now keep their crocodilians in different enclosures. So my questions are:
    - Is it recommendable to keep certain crocodiles and alligators together?
    - Is it better for the public to see more than one crocodilian species in one enclosure?
    - Do any modern zoological collections practice that model?

    As of now, I believe that mild-mannered crocodilians could possibly be kept together. For example, I could see a mixed enclosure of spectacled caiman and Orinoco crocodile working fine. As for the public, it may be a hot enough idea; in different enclosures, many uncouth people just generalize, or don't care about what they are. But if two different-looking species lived in the same place, I think some questions would be raised, and they'd actually look at the sign.

    What are your thoughts? I'd like to know.
  2. vogelcommando

    vogelcommando Well-Known Member

    10 Dec 2012
    fijnaart, the netherlands
    I remember the many different crocs kept together at Artis Zoo ( Amsterdam - the Netherlands ) in the 1980-ties and it seemed to work well.
    However after that time many zoos reduced large crocodilian keeping and if they stayed in large crocodilian-keeping, mostly only one species was kept. As known, crocodilians can hybrinice qute easily and for conservation-breeding this is of course unwanted.
    Your idea of keeping 2 different species isn't that bad but then firstly the 2 species should be of the same size and secondly not closely releated for example a caiman with a crocodile species would work, at least in my opinion.