Rulings to protect the Cuban crocodile
August 27, 2016
Copies crocodile farm Boca de Guama in Cienaga de Zapata during the closing event of the tourist TURNAT 2009, September 17, 2009, in Matanzas.IPS PHOTO / Jorge Luis BATHS HERNANDEZ
Protection of natural habitat rhombifer crocodile, animal endemic endangered Cuba is one of the practices developed by the Company for the Protection of Flora and Fauna in the preservation of endangered species.
Irina Martínez Prado, specialist of the National Program Crocodiles, that entity of the Ministry of Agriculture, told the Cuban News Agency that the main objective is focused on the management of the species in areas of captivity and released .
As stated by the specialist, in the Cienaga de Zapata National Park, in the province of Matanzas, systematic monitoring it runs to meet existing populations of this species, whose existence dates back over 70 million years ago.
The studies performed include health status, number of members, size of the specimens and their reproduction, among other control parameters.
A task of particular importance is the transfer of eggs deposited in places prone to flooding at high points or breeding, in which care until the birth of the specimen.
Martínez Prado said that in the noble mission several collaborating research centers and national and international non-governmental organizations, with tasks aimed at safeguarding the genetic purity of the species, threatened by crossing the so-called American alligator.
Several breeding crocodiles in Cuba are currently used for tourism purposes and constitute an attraction for thousands of visitors who visit the Cuban geography.
Crocodiles can measure up to five meters and are well adapted to aquatic life as they have eyes and nose located in prominent places, which are able to see and breathe while keeping the body submerged.
The captive breeding and conservation and reintroduction of Cuban crocodile copies of protected areas are among the main functions of the crocodile farm specialists Laguna del Tesoro in the Zapata Swamp.
In the center, located on the Boca de Guama complex, there is a project aimed at preserving the Cocodrilus rhombifer program in which experts from various institutions.
Life studies performed by experts are a very complicated task, geographical characteristics of the largest wetland in the insular Caribbean and because the areas inhabited by the reptile are difficult to access.