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Celebrating 40 Years Of History With Rom Whitaker

Celebrating 40 Years Of History With Rom Whitaker

At the Crocodile Bank they have been so involved in being part of your lives and Chennai’s history that they didn’t realise 40 wonderful years have passed by. The trickle of visitors in 1976, has grown to nearly half a million per year and half of them are children! What started out as a humble local conservation project has today become Chennai’s star attraction and the globally successful hub for reptile conservation, research and education. They would like to celebrate this milestone with everyone who has supported us over the decades, with a walk down memory lane alongside Rom Whitaker, co-Founder of Croc Bank. They invite you to take part in not just preserving these memories, but to help them build a stronger road ahead for future generations to also enjoy the world of reptiles.

Event details

Date: August 28, 2016

Time: 9 a.m. onwards

Venue: Radisson Blu, 47, Covelong Road, Kanchipuram, Mahabalipuram, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 603104, India

Registration link for the event: https://goo.gl/forms/1atXcNH3QflqqwLu1

About the Organiser

The Madras Crocodile Bank Trust and Centre for Herpetology: By the mid 20th century hunting crocodilians was a lucrative enterprise throughout the tropics, and by the 1970s, India’s croc populations had been exploited to the brink of extinction. Realising this fact, the Indian government protected all three species of Indian crocodilian under the Wild Life Protection Act of 1972.

Responding to the need of that time, Rom and Zai Whitaker established the Madras Crocodile Bank Trust in 1976 with the specific goal of securing breeding populations of the three species of Indian crocodile: the mugger Crocodylus palustris, the saltwater crocodile Crocodylus porosus and the rarest of all, the gharial Gavialis gangeticus.

The Croc Bank was originally designed to be a living genetic repository of crocodiles for safekeeping, to protect and multiply until such time when they could be returned to restock their original wild habitats. This action was initially met with tremendous success, but today, release into the wild has stopped due to shrinking wilderness areas and the lack of suitable habitat.

Today the Croc Bank is home to 17 species of crocodilians, three of which are listed by the IUCN as critically endangered with a further three listed as threatened.

As the need for the conservation of reptiles grew, the Croc Bank increased its repertoire to include turtles, lizards and snakes and it came to be known as the Madras Crocodile Bank Trust and Center for Herpetology in 2003. The Croc Bank now successfully breeds several species of threatened chelonians, including two listed as critically endangered.


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