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Feeding Time with the Indian Gharials

Feb 19, 2016


Ever wondered how a crocodile with such a long narrow snout eats its food?  Here’s an up-close and personal look at how the Zoo’s herpetology team keeps our three resident Indian Gharials “smiling.” In order to make sure each fish-eating crocodile gets its fair share of food, nutrients, and vitamins, the team separates the animals by tapping a bamboo training tool in different areas of their habitat. When the animals respond to the signal, our keepers hand feed the long-snouted crocs their preferred and natural diet of small fish.

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Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo is operated by the Lowry Park Zoological Society, an independent 501(c)(3) charitable organization committed to excellence in education, conservation and research. The Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), and is featured among the “Top 25 Zoos in the U.S” by TripAdvisor (2015) and “10 Best Zoos in the U.S.” by Trekaroo (2015). The Zoo is located at 1101 W. Sligh Avenue in Tampa, one mile west of I-275 (exit 48) and is open seven days a week, from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. 

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