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Crocodile transfers

By: Chris Hosking, Category: At The Museum, Date: 20 Sep 2010

In early September, Australian Museum’s beloved Freshwater Crocodile 'Stanley' left the Australian Museum after living for over two years in the Surviving Australia exhibition. Stan was replaced by three adorable new baby crocodiles that are now enjoying their new home.

Baby Crocodile in hand

Fara Pelarek © Australian Museum

Permits and a transport crate were organised keepers months in advance for ‘Stanley’ (also called 'Stan') to be transferred to Koorana Crocodile Farm near Rockhampton, Queensland, after reaching the maximum length that he can be kept in his current exhibit.

In order to prevent a long stop over in Brisbane for Stan, he needed to be captured and boxed at 4am (a very early start for the keeper and his very forgiving wife who assisted) to make a 6.30 flight. The capture went well and he quickly settled into his crate, arriving at his destination by late morning, safe and sound. Stan will be kept with other Freshwater Crocodiles, Crocodylus johnstoni, at Koorana Crocodile Farm for breeding (in a few years when he has matured).

Before the replacement crocodiles arrived, the Live Exhibits team took the opportunity to do a thorough strip-down clean. The water was changed, every pebble scrubbed and the filtration system given a check.

Later that week we received three new hatchling that have settled in well, they have all eaten a few times, however it is clear that one is hungrier than the others.

I will keep you posted.

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