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Multimedia: Critically Endangered Cuban Crocodile Hatchlings Released Into Wild

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Young Cuban Crocodile A young Cuban Crocodile stares inquisitively into the camera in the Zapata Swamp breeding sanctuary. (Photo by Robin Moore, Global Wildlife Conservation)

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November 21, 2019

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Global Wildlife Conservation recently joined Wildlife Conservation Society and staff at the Zapata Swamp Cuban Crocodile Breeding Sanctuary in the wild release of 10 young Cuban crocodiles, one of the world’s most endangered crocodilian species. Cuban crocodiles have nearly vanished from their wild home primarily as the result of illegal hunting, and hybridization with American crocodiles that have been pushed into Cuban crocodile territory by human changes to the landscape.

In this multimedia package, Global Wildlife Conservation offers stunning and detailed photos and video of young crocodiles being released into the wild November 14, in addition to photos and video of Cuban crocodiles hatching at the sanctuary in August.

“The release not only marks a symbolic milestone toward bringing the species back, but it is also an important step in educating and shifting perceptions of a vital top predator that is often misunderstood,” said Robin Moore, Global Wildlife Conservation senior director of digital content and media and a National Geographic-licensed photographer. “I hope these images will invite people to consider these incredible, fascinating and beautiful animals in a new light and to contemplate the responsibility we share as their future rests in our hands.”

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Photos by Robin Moore, Global Wildlife Conservation

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Global Wildlife Conservation

GWC conserves the diversity of life on Earth by safeguarding wildlands, protecting wildlife and supporting guardians. We maximize our impact through scientific research, biodiversity exploration, habitat conservation, protected area management, wildlife crime prevention, endangered species recovery, and conservation leadership cultivation. Learn more at https://globalwildlife.org

Contact

Lindsay Renick Mayer

Global Wildlife Conservation

lrenickmayer@globalwildlife.org

512-686-6225

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