News Chinese Alligator
- In January, 2013 -
Release of six Chinese alligators
Last summer, six alligators have been selected from the breeding centre, according to the results of several health tests (length and body measures, traumatism examination). The 2 males and 4 females have been equipped with radio transmitters in order to ensure scientific monitoring and they have been released on the Gaojingmiao site, which was restored in 2011.
Alligator equipped with a transmitter on its tail before being released © Anhui N. University
- In September, 2012 -
Last summer, the team of Anhui Normal University (in China) identified an alligator nest made by an individual previously reintroduced in Gaojingmiao site. A nice indicator of success of the reintroduction program!
Discovery of the nest in Gaojingmiao (© Anhui Normal University)
Chinese alligator habitat restoration starting
Since the end of last November, scientists from the University of Ahnui started the restoration of the Chinese alligator habitat. They plan to release individuals in the wild all through 2012.
- In September, 2011 –
On July 26th, a small alligator appeared in one of the ponds where Chinese alligators have been reintroduced. It was the first time that the research team observed a baby alligator in these pool areas. The baby alligator was about two years old and measured about 28-32 centimeters.
This was great progress for the reintroduction process of Chinese alligator as it showed that eggs can hatch and that babies can survive by themselves in the wild.
- In August, 2011 -
Mating season for the Chinese alligators
Mid-June to mid-July marked the period of heavy rains in area of the Yangtze River. This period is traditionally known in China as the “rains of the plum season”.It is also the mating season for Chinese alligators.
At the beginning of June, the Anhui Normal University research team heard the alligators´ bellowing and observed the male, who had been released several months previously, court a female by snout touching. The researchers also found traces of nest-making behavior and hope to be able to find viable nests of the species in the next few months.
The radio transmitters are working well!
The radio transmitters, which had been placed on the three Chinese alligators released early May, have been found to be working well and the research team encountered no problems in locating all of the crocodilians. The alligators are still at the release pool site and looking well.
One of the released individuals was found to prey on a small animal, possibly a frog. This is very positive news as it firstly shows that the released individuals still have retained their natural hunting instinct and are able to live well in the wild.