Why this project is beneficial for the survival of alligators in Formosa?
This project ensures the survival of the species of alligator in the area. This is because studies and statistics carried out in many parts of the world show that: in the nature of predation on species of crocodiles from the nest to the first year of life comes to values ranging between 95% and 98%, wich means that only between 5% and 2% of eggs reached adulthood, for the following reasons:
- Flooding in areas where the nests.
- Predation of nests by feral animals such as foxes, iguanas, capybaras and snakes.
- Death of the embryo inside the egg.
- Difficulties in finding food in their first weeks of life.
- Being eaten by predators.
This project presents a “Restocking Program in Nature”: this means that when the animals meet the first year of life or its size is greater than 60cm. and are able to avoid predation produced by other animals that coexist in its habitat, is released in the wild in the same places where their nests were harvested percentage ranging between 10% and 20% of total animal breeding.
Before liberation in the natural habitats of animals are marked with a numbered metal seal that is placed on their left hind leg and whose number is registered with the Directorate of Wildlife of the Province of Formosa, which will in future identify released animals. Obviously these releases gradually increase the wild population and to begin their reproductive years will contribute to the retention time of the species in the region.
The Restocking Program is also a central issue in long-term strategy of this project, since it is a very effective way of ensuring that the population of the two species tends to remain constant or increase. In the medium term a greater number of nests available will be ensured.
The Restocking Program is approved and controlled by the following international and national agencies: