Breeding schemes are reaping rewards – South Coast Herald

Much of the creation of the Crocworld Conservation Center in Scottburgh is for wildlife conservation, which in recent times has been successful in terms of promoting the genetic diversity of endangered species.

The conservation center has initiated ongoing breeding programs and has noticed phenomenal growth in its bird and reptile gene pool, such as with its marabou storks, mute swans, American alligators, African dwarf crocodiles from the West and his jackal buzzard.

A female American alligator basking in the sun. Photo courtesy of Crocworld/Olivia Jones Communications.

Center Director James Wittstock mentioned that apart from breeding programs being a priority, the Crocworld team is also passionate about educating people about its various animal species with various educational programs.

“As a member of the international non-profit organization Species360, we are able to contribute to global conservation projects by gathering and sharing this knowledge gained through the programs,” he said.

“It improves animal welfare and informs species conservation.”

A mute swan and his sygnet. Photo by Crocworld/Olivia Jones Communications.

Species360 offers an opportunity to collect information from 1,200 aquariums, zoos, universities, research and government facilities around the world.

The local conservation center maintains the Zoological Information Management System (ZIMS), which is the world’s most comprehensive knowledge database of over 22,000 species for the global fight against extinction.

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