Unknown risk of extinction
Regionally extinct in Myanmar and Pakistan
Resident male at the River Safari Ganges River exhibit and brother of Krur, Selvi and Ravi at Singapore Zoo.
Our gharials are fed fish like herring and saury. Shant's favourite is mackerel, which he snaps up swiftly with a sideways swipe of his long, narrow jaws.
Shant is very responsive to his keeper and appears to recognise his name when called. But what does Shant truly hear when his keeper calls his name?
In the span of 60 years, their population has plummeted 98%. Since the 1970s, much money and effort have been spent on the reintroduction of gharials, with scant success.
Besides the gharial, other freshwater species like the Ganges river dolphin, mugger crocodile, and mahseer are also on the decline.