Under a fresh agreement, seven gharials will be imported to Protivin from Chennai, India, and five Cuban crocodiles will leave Protivin in the opposite direction.
The goal of the transfers is to preserve the gene pool of these endangered animals in captivity at least, Prochazka said.
There are the last several tens of gharials living in the wild in India. The species is dying out as a result of water pollution, hunting and changes in the landscape.
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