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Existing Status and Resurgence Strategies for Chinese Alligator (Alligator sinensis)

Existing Status and Resurgence Strategies for Chinese Alligator (Alligator sinensis)

Iram Maqsood1,2,3 and Ke Rong *1,2

1College of Wildlife Resources, Northeast Forestry University, Hexing Road 59 Street, Xiang Fang District, Harbin City 150040, China

2Key Laboratory of Conservation Biology, National Forestry and Grassland Administration, Harbin 150040, China
3Department of Zoology, Shaheed Benazir Bhuto Women University, Peshawar, 25000

*      Corresponding author: rongke@nefu.edu.cn

 

ABSTRACT

Recently merely two crocodile’s species has been enjoying this universe, and one of them is Chinese alligator (Alligator sinensis) who is at the edge of extinction in nature. Approximately, 130-150 individuals left in wild. Habitat loss is considered as a major source of population decline of this precious species. Consequently, for the sake of A. sinensis conservation, China took steps with the top priority of habitat restoration, controlled management in captive breeding centers, as well as initiation of reintroduction into the wild. Captive breeding centers focused on livestock, controlled sex ratio, promoting growth characteristics, population genetics, and organ preservation. In addition to this, the habitat restoration program committed to improving the quality and habitat area. The reintroduction project illustrated that A. Sinensis bred in captivity well adapted to wild habitat and successfully reproducing their offspring’s. Only healthy crocodiles were selected for release into the wild to renew natural populations. Chinese alligator currently under strict regulation over its commercial use and illegal hunting. All of these strategies give a revival hope to this world most endangered species and give a chance to be part of this ecosystem biodiversity in perspective future. China contributed greatly to conserve ecological and cultural roles of Chinese alligators and its sustainable utilization.

 

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Pakistan Journal of Zoology

June

Vol. 51, Iss. 3, Pages 801-1202

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