OVER 150 ALLIGATORS AND CROCODILES
PETERBOROUGH, ON, Aug. 14, 2015 /CNW/ - On August 8th and 9th, Indian River Reptile Zoo coordinated the largest rescue in history. This major rescue of Crocodiles, Alligators and Caiman constitutes the largest ever crocodilian rescue in North America. These animals were previously living illegally in Toronto where local by-laws prohibit keeping exotic animals." The animals are in good health "says Bry Loyst, Curator of Indian River Reptile Zoo.
The Indian River Reptile Zoo is a sanctuary located near Peterborough, Ont. with over 400 snakes, turtles and lizards.
"This rescue is timely." says Bry Loyst, Zoo Curator "We just completed construction of our new million dollar Crocodile Rescue Building with indoor pools and outdoor access to sunshine"
Most of the Indian River Reptile Zoos animals are abandoned or rescued. They cannot be returned to the wild for several reasons: some were imported illegally, others are simply not allowed to re-enter their country of origin for fear of disease transmission to native wildlife.
Our new building was designed to house the growing number of Crocs and Gators that our zoo has rescued. Our institution is a not for profit registered charity and funds will be needed to help maintain these animals.
SOURCE Indian River Reptile Zoo