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Crocoparc Agadir: A Haven for Rare Crocodiles from Switzerland

Saturday 15 June 2024 - 08:35
Crocoparc Agadir: A Haven for Rare Crocodiles from Switzerland

In a commendable effort to preserve rare and endangered species, Crocoparc Agadir, Morocco's premier zoological park, is preparing to welcome a significant addition to its reptilian residents. This Friday, the park will receive 16 crocodiles from the renowned Aquarium Aquatis in Lausanne, Switzerland.

In meticulous preparation, Crocoparc Agadir has unveiled a specially designed enclosure to house these exotic arrivals during their acclimatization period, which is expected to span a full year. This initiative highlights the park's unwavering dedication to ensuring the well-being of its new inhabitants by providing them with an environment tailored to their unique needs.

Aquatis Aquarium holds the esteemed distinction of being the sole entity outside the African continent to successfully breed this particular species, adding immense significance to this collaborative endeavor. In a harmonious partnership, Crocoparc Agadir has collaborated with local authorities, notably the National Agency for Water and Forests, and esteemed wildlife conservation experts, leaving no stone unturned in their efforts to ensure the resounding success of this reintroduction initiative.

Inspired by the International Union for Conservation of Nature's (IUCN) innovative "One Plan Approach," Crocoparc Agadir aims to set a new benchmark in species preservation. The One Plan Approach (OPA), meticulously developed by IUCN and the Conservation Planning Specialist Group (CPSG), is a pioneering method of managing species that creates a comprehensive conservation plan by gathering input from all stakeholders involved in the conservation of both wild and captive populations.

This significant development follows a poignant moment in September 2022, when the renowned Lyon Tête d'Or Zoo entrusted Crocoparc with a pair of suchus crocodiles, a species long extinct from the southern Moroccan "Gueltas" since the 1950s. These crocodiles have seamlessly adapted to their new habitat, paving the way for further conservation efforts.

Crocoparc Agadir's steadfast commitment to nature conservation extends far beyond its role as an animal park. Since its inception, the park has served as a vibrant hub for cultural, scientific, artistic, and environmental activities, offering visitors a multifaceted experience that fosters a deeper appreciation for the natural world.

The crocodile zoological park, nestled in the town of Drarga just outside the enchanting city of Agadir, first opened its doors to the public in May 2015, marking the beginning of an extraordinary journey dedicated to preserving the wonders of our planet's diverse flora and fauna.

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