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BioPark experts share stories from their January trip to help rehabilitate an African zoo.
In this special brown bag seminar, Dr. Ralph Zimmerman, head veterinarian, and Matt Eschenbrenner, senior reptile keeper, will give a talk on their conservation outreach trip to Africa.
Zoo d'Abidjan cares for the largest captive population of the critically endangered West African slender-snouted crocodile (Mecistops cataphractus). But the zoo is in desperate need of rehabilitation and support after years of neglect during the country's decade-long civil wars.
On a trip funded by the New Mexico BioPark Society, Zimmerman and Eschenbrenner traveled to Africa with supplies, manpower and expertise to help.
Read excerpts from Eschenbrenner’s travelogue. While his time was spent primarily with crocodiles and the crocodile keepers, he also writes about the veterinary work that Zimmerman with all of the zoo’s residents and the work the pair did advising community leaders about ways to rehabilitate the zoo.