Be transported to the marshy wetlands of the southern US where you’ll meet rare white American Alligators Snowball and Snowflake. Plus, meet the NEW Baby Orinoco Crocodiles - one of the rarest reptiles in the world – making their home near a village on the Orinoco River in South America.
NEW BABY ORINOCO CROCODILES
Meet 3 baby Orinoco Crocodiles, one of the rarest reptiles in the world! These adorable baby crocs with their toothy smiles are here at Newport Aquarium for a very important purpose – saving them from extinction!
Biologists estimate there are as few as 1,500 Orinoco Crocodiles left in the wild. They were hunted to near extinction from 1920 to 1950, driven by the world’s cruel desire for crocodile skin fashions like shoes and handbags.
Orinoco Crocodiles are listed as “critically endangered.” That means they face an extreme risk of going extinct in the wild. In partnership with the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, Newport Aquarium is raising these young animals in their temporary home in Gator Alley. Once the babies grow-up to over 3 feet long, they’ll be transported back to Venezuela where they’ll be released and studied to see the positive impact this effort can have on breeding wild populations of these critically endangered animals.