Sanctuary gets male crocodile

  • Nation
  • Friday, 14 Feb 2020

MELAKA: Four female crocodiles at the Melaka Butterfly and Reptile Sanctuary have been presented with a 336kg male companion named Jebat.

It was a somewhat Valentine’s Day gift for the female reptiles, which were about 15 years old, said sanctuary managing director Gerard Wong Woon Seet.

The 22-year-old male crocodile, he said, was transported from Sungkai, Perak, and arrived at the sanctuary in Ayer Keroh here on Wednesday evening.

“This arrangement was made possible with efforts from the Department of Wildlife and National Parks (Perhilitan).

“The sanctuary has to thank Perhilitan for its support, ” he said in an interview.

Precious gift: Jebat at the Ayer Keroh sanctuary.Precious gift: Jebat at the Ayer Keroh sanctuary.

Wong said his team would constantly monitor the water temperature to create the right ambience for the mating process.

“We are really excited with this programme to increase the population of the crocodile species, ” he said.

Wong said the sanctuary, with the assistance of Universiti Teknikal Malaysia Melaka, had created natural surroundings for the four female crocodiles.

These four reptiles have been at the sanctuary as part of a conservation programme undertaken by his team.

“Previously, we used to feed them but over the years, these reptiles have been trained to use their natural hunting instincts, ” he said.

“The water quality of the pond has also been upgraded to ensure the crocodiles have the experience of living in its natural habitat.”

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