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SINZR_200805_03.JPG: Close Call
Escape from Extinction
For centuries, the American alligator was hunted for its skin and had no legal protection. By the late 1950s, the species was in danger of disappearing. Today, it has recovered thanks to state management programs, strict regulations on hunting and trade, and responsibly operated alligator farms.
You can Support Their Survival
Though American alligators are currently thriving, their future is not guaranteed. You can help their conservation success story stick. Never buy an animal product unless you are sure it is legal, and made from a species with a sustainable population.
SINZR_200805_19.JPG: Alligators and Wetlands
SINZR_200805_24.JPG: American Alligator
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Wikipedia Description: Reptile Discovery Center - Home to most of the zoo's reptile and amphibian collection, including cobras, crocodiles, and a Komodo dragon. The first Komodo dragon that hatched outside of Indonesia was hatched at the center.
2020 photos: The year is too new to have anything to report. The Covid-19 disaster cut off most events here in DC after March 11 and even cut off going outside after awhile. Here's hoping honesty and integrity wins for a change this November.