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Fate of Africa’s newest, rarest crocodile tied to once endangered zoo

General February 10, 2017

A West African Slender-snouted Crocodile is pictured in its enclosure at the zoo of AbidjanBy Joe Bavier ABIDJAN (Reuters) – When conservation biologist Matt Shirley discovered the world's newest crocodile species after years of sloshing through mangroves and swamps from Senegal to Uganda, the elation was tempered by the knowledge that it was on a path to extinction. Now, in its struggle to survive, the West African Slender-snouted Crocodile's fate is tied to a zoo in the heart of Ivory Coast's traffic-choked main city, Abidjan, that itself faced an uncertain future not long ago. "This species in particular, it's my baby." Until just a few years ago, the West African Slender-snouted Crocodile was hiding in plain sight.


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