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In Pictures: New born London Zoo crocodiles are among 'rarest reptiles in the world'

London Zoo successfully breeds six extremely rare Philippine crocodiles - a first for a UK zoo.

Six critically endangered crocodiles have hatched at London Zoo.

The Philippine crocodiles are the first to be bred in a UK zoo and were born over a 48-hour period last month.

They are one of the rarest reptiles in the world and native only to the Philippines, and have been named after the islands that they inhabit – Jolo, Luzon, Mindoro, Samar, Sulo and Mindanao.
The crocs, which were born between June 16-18, are classified as Critically Endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.

Their arrival was welcomed buy the zoo, with Deputy Head of the Reptile House Iri Gill saying: “The arrival of these six Philippine crocodiles at ZSL London Zoo is a massive cause for celebrations for us, and we couldn't be more thrilled.

“Currently measuring just 24cms in length and looking like perfect miniature models of their parents, the yet to be sexed hatchlings will eventually grow up to three metres in length.

“Not only are these crocodiles the first of their kind to be bred in a UK zoo, but they are also a fantastic addition to the European breeding programme – and we can now use our experience to help other zoos breeding these Critically Endangered animals.”

 

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