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17.09.15

Crocodiles return to Hellabrunn Zoo

After a 15-year hiatus, crocodiles finally return to Hellabrunn Zoo. There are now two crocodiles living at the zoo in Munich.

Copyright: Tierpark Hellabrunn/Robert Bihler

Copyright: Tierpark Hellabrunn/Robert Bihler

Copyright: Tierpark Hellabrunn/Robert Bihler

The two yet to be named crocodiles come from the Plouagat region of Brittany in France and Marwell in the UK. The female French dwarf crocodile has settled in well in her new home in the Jungle House, where she explores the swimming and hiding places in her enclosure at an unhurried pace. The male arrived from the UK on 11 September and has already found his favourite spot: between two large branches in the water basin, where well camouflaged, he closely monitors everything happening around him. The two dwarf crocodiles are currently housed in separate enclosures in the Jungle House opposite the chimpanzees (male crocodile) and the gorillas (female). The two will be brought together after the completion of the settling-in phase.

Dwarf crocodiles are under threat in their native habitat in West and Central Africa and are monitored in this country by the European Endangered Species Programme (EEP). "Crocodiles are one of the favourites among Hellabrunn visitors,” says zoo director Rasem Baban. “We are therefore delighted to be able to offer fans an opportunity to see this species again with the arrival of these two fine specimens. By the way, the two newcomers are looking for animal sponsors. Anyone who would like to be involved in sponsorship can receive more information on our website or at the Service Center at the Flamingo entrance."

The female dwarf crocodile from France was born on 27 September 2009 in the Plouagat region and arrived in Munich on 1 May. She is currently almost one metre long. When she is fully grown she will measure about two metres. The British male was hatched on 4 October 2001 in Bristol in the UK and lived in Marwell from 2006 until travelling to Hellabrunn six days ago. He is approximately 1.30 metres long.