March 9th, The sound of drums! Part of the alligator breeding program at Maruyama Zoo.
With the chilling cold of Sapporo’s winter slowly fading, love is in the air for the alligators at Sapporo’s Maruyama Zoo. After hibernating for about half a year through cold of winter the Chinese alligators at Maruyama zoo, which are native to the Cheung Chau River basin of China are in the mood for love. But sometimes finding love isn’t easy!
This rare small alligator which grows to about 1.5m in length and weighs about 10kg is almost extinct in the wild. A survey in 1999 found the wild population of the Chinese alligators to be approximately 130 to 150 individuals. The destruction of their native habitats has been the major cause of their decline, with wetland areas modified for agriculture in an effort to cope with the intense human population pressure in the region. Captive breeding programs such as the one at Maruyama Zoo are now the only hope for their survival.
Zoo keepers first noticed that children tapping on the class breeding tank caused the alligators to mate, since then head zookeeper Mr Naoya Honda has continued the practice which resulted in the first captive breeding in Japan of these creatures in 2001.
During the zoo’s renovations the glass of the tanks was replaces by acrylic, but before it was replaced zookeeper ask radio FM AIR-G to record the tapping sound so that the breeding program could successfully continue. Other experiments using percussion instruments with a similar sound and resonance have also been tried, such as the beating of drums by Sapporo percussionist Mr. Goshin Moro which have been relatively successful.
This year, visitors are invited to observe the alligators mating behaviour as part of the zoo’s educational awareness program, and feel the beating of the drums in this truly unique and hopefully successful event. As well as live drums played by Mr. Goshin Moro, radio FM AIR-G will be playing prerecorded sounds which hopefully will get the alligators in the mood.
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