Malayan Gharial

There are probably no more than 2500 left in the wild, mainly due to habitat destruction.

  • Scientific Name: Tomistoma schlegelii
  • Range: Peninsular Malaysia and the islands Sumatra and Borneo. They reside in freshwater lakes, rivers and swamps.
  • Status in the Wild: Endangered
  • Location in the Zoo: Reptile and Amphibian House
  • Cool Animal Fact: They are also known as the False Gharial. Their most distinctive feature is their long, narrow snout which makes them similar in appearance to another crocodilian species, the Gharial native to India.