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Old 03-16-2013, 02:35 PM   #1
zookeeperfrank
Working with the False Gharial – One of the World’s Largest, Rarest Crocodiles

Hi All,
I find it difficult to express just how fortunate I’ve been in having had the chance to work with 12 Crocodilian species in the wild and captivity. Breeding Dwarf Caimans, wrestling Orinoco Crocodiles into boats, getting up close and personal to Gomek (a giant, now famous Salt Water Croc), rearing Indian Gharials…these and many other experiences remain etched in my memory. One species in particular cemented my interest in the group, and remains as much a mystery today as it was when I first saw it some 40 years ago – the massive False Gharial, Tomistoma schlegelii. Read more here http://bit.ly/Z8thaC
Please also check out my posts on Twitter http://bitly.com/JP27Nj.

Thanks, Frank
My Bio, with photos of animals I’ve been lucky enough to work with http://bitly.com/LC8Lbp
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Old 03-18-2013, 08:27 AM   #2
Durante
Nice write up. I don't own or have experience with most of the species that could obtain the size or danger levels you have but they definitely get my attention being amazing animals. I met a fella a while back who left what to me seemed a promising career to work with snakes. He looks to be more successful now then he ever could of been. It wasn't until after watching him work I realized you cant put a price tag on doing what you love for a living. Even though I'm jealous, congrats to you Frank. Keep the updates coming!
 
Old 03-18-2013, 11:31 AM   #3
zookeeperfrank
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Nice write up. I don't own or have experience with most of the species that could obtain the size or danger levels you have but they definitely get my attention being amazing animals. I met a fella a while back who left what to me seemed a promising career to work with snakes. He looks to be more successful now then he ever could of been. It wasn't until after watching him work I realized you cant put a price tag on doing what you love for a living. Even though I'm jealous, congrats to you Frank. Keep the updates coming!
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Hi Chris,

Thanks for the kind words, much appreciated. I've been fortunte; there are costs, of course, and family responsibilities are a real concern when one switches later in life; always a balancing act, I've seen it go bad as well, but I've been very lucky. Best regards, frank
 

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