In a Croc of Trouble
Crocodiles have been around since the time of the dinosaurs. But now, due to hunting and the loss of wetland habitats, nearly all species are in danger of extinction.
We're Trying to Help
The National Zoo breeds Cuban crocodiles for the Species Survival Plan (SSP), a cooperative breeding and conservation program among North American zoos.
Watch a Video Clip of Our Cuban Crocodiles
Every year our female crocodiles lay eggs, potentially adding new crocs to the SSP population.
Keepers collect and transport Cuban crocodile eggs for controlled incubation to increase hatching success.
If the eggs are fertile, we can expect hatchlings about 90 days later. more about the Cuban crocodile
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