The Elmwood Park Zoo has a new arrival….a 6.5 ft. American crocodile weighing 64 lbs. The croc is one of over 230 animals that were confiscated by officials in Milwaukee, WI. The animals were discovered by law enforcement officials in May at a warehouse identified as the Cullen Vivarium Wildlife Conservancy. The rescue team, which included members of the Milwaukee Animal Control and the Racine Zoo, reported that many of the animals were found living in their own filth.
Since the animals were discovered the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), the national accrediting body for zoos and aquariums, has been searching for “reputable, qualified facilities that can provide long-term care” for the rescued animals. Earlier this month, Elmwood Park Zoo was tapped to manage the care of one of the American crocodiles that were rescued. Two of the zoo’s keepers returned this morning from Milwaukee with the animal.
“We are proud to participate in this important rescue and conservation effort”, stated Dave Wood, Elmwood Park Zoo’s General Curator. “We regret the circumstances in which these animals were discovered and look forward to helping to nurse the croc back to health so it can enjoy a long and healthy life here at the Elmwood Park Zoo.”
The American crocodile is cousin to the American alligator. It is distinguishable by its longer, thinner snout, its lighter color, and two long teeth on the lower jaw that are visible when its mouth is closed. The adult crocodile can range from 7 to 15 feet long and weigh between 150 to 450 pounds. Their diet consists mainly of small mammals, birds, fish, crabs, insects, snails, frogs, and occasionally carrion. The American crocodile can be found throughout parts of North, Central, and South America. A small, remnant population lives in southern Florida. Their habitat of choice is the fresh or brackish water of river estuaries, coastal lagoons, and mangrove swamps.
About Elmwood Park Zoo
Elmwood Park Zoo is a 501(c)(3) organization located in Norristown, PA. The zoo’s mission is to foster an appreciation of wildlife and their habitat that will inspire active participation in conservation. Elmwood Park Zoo is one of only 218 AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums. The zoo is open daily from 10:00am – 5:00pm all year round. Admission is $11.50 for adults, $8.50 for children and seniors. For more information visit www.elmwoodparkzoo.org