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, large reptile of the crocodile order, found in rivers from Pakistan to Myanmar. Also called gharial, the gavial (Gavialis gangeticus) is distinguished from the crocodiles and alligators by its extremely long, slender, parallel-sided snout.
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A gharial breeding center was built in Nandankanan Zoological Park.
'Sindh Ibex, Afghan Urial, Chinkara, Blue Bull, Hog Deer, Indian Wolf, Honey Badger (Ratal), Mugger or Marsh Crocodile, Gharial or Gavial, Smooth Coated Indian Otter, Indus Blind Dolphin, Greater Flamingo and Fresh Water Turtles have been protected,' he added while giving details.
He said that the protected animals were Sindh ibex, Afghan urial (Rs150,000), chinkara, blue bull, hog deer, Indian wolf, honey badger (ratal), mugger or marsh crocodile, gharial or gavial, smooth coated Indian otter, Indus blind dolphin, greater flamingo and fresh water turtles.
What sort of creature is a gavial or gharial? A A reptile B A mammal C Abird D An insect 6.
Some species, including the Sunda gharial crocodiles, painted batagur turtles and giant Asian pond turtles remain inside Monsoon Forest in an area unaffected by the fire, and are in good health.
You may well be greeted by elephants on arrival, and on the twice-daily game drives, you could spot leopards, bears and even tigers -- or take the river safari to track down the Gharial, India's endangered crocodilian.
Tourists can visit Gharial Breeding Project, Elephant Breeding Centre and Bird Education Society.
Remarkably, some - such as the Sunda gharial crocodiles, turtles and fish - will remain in the Monsoon Forest building, where their habitats have been undisturbed.
Reptiles including extremely rare sunda gharial crocodiles were unharmed in the blaze as they live on the other side of the building, and remained under water when the blaze took hold.
Speaking ahead of its opening, director general Mark Pilgrim said: "Monsoon Forest will be one of the showpieces of Islands and home to a wide array of animals including Sumatran orangutans, Sulawesi macaques and a new species for the zoo, the sunda gharial crocodile.
The Gharial is a slow-moving reptile of the crocodile family and is native to which part of the world?
Other unusual and endangered species include the Round Island keel-scaled boa from Mauritius, a snake which is the only terrestrial vertebrate known to have a hinged upper jaw; the minute leaf chameleon from Madagascar which is the size of a human thumbnail; and the gharial, a slender-snouted fish-eating freshwater crocodile.