A team from ABQ BIOPARK, Albuquerque, working with the staff at the Abidjan Zoo, checking the health of the slender-snouted crocodiles.
The Slender-snouted Crocodile is distinguished by its long thin snout. It is highly endangered species, with only a few existing in the wild. Since 2014, the zoo of Abidjan has been breeding a group of mature crocodiles. Eggs are hatched in an incubator. They are then allowed to grow until they are old enough to be placed in a juvenile enclosure. Each year, the eggs are collected (spawning, usually starts mid-March). Eggs are supported by the hatchery (where now are the smallest crocodiles). Eggs are incubated in an incubator with controlled temperature and humidity. The actual output of the newborn egg may request the assistance of the zoo staff. The last step is to bring the newborn in the area - external - growth. The laying of 2013 was modest, average / good in 2014, very good in 2015 ( although many eggs/embryos were lost due to power outages), in 2016 we will see.
Welcome to Africa, AKA the motherland! Check out African Internet Radio while you're scoping the panoramas.The earliest fossil of the homo sapiens family (human beings) was found in Ethiopia, dating back more than 200,000 years. Compared to this length of time, even the "ancient Sumerians" from 6000 B.C. are drooling toddlers.Let's mention a few African heroes you may have heard of, for inspiration in the face of the continued economic inequality and violence which plague Africa today: Nelson Mandela, first democratically elected President of South Africa, who fought against apartheid and served 27 years in prison while advocating freedom and peace. Haile Salassie, Emperor of Ethiopia, who resisted Mussolini and the fascist Italian invasion of WWII, and who is worshipped as an incarnation of God by the Rastafari movement. Kwame Nkrumah, first Prime Minister of Ghana, advocate of uniting Africa in Pan-Africanism. Fela Kuti, inventor of Afrobeat music, who declared his home to be an independent state, ran for president of Nigeria, and to whose funeral ONE MILLION PEOPLE came to pay their respects.In June 2001 the African Union was formed, consisting of 53 African States organized, like in the EU, around common economic and political development.Text by Steve Smith.