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Yangtze River

Asia’s longest river and the world’s third longest, the Yangtze is also known as Chang Jiang meaning Long River. Like the Mekong River, it gets its flow from the glaciers of the Tibetan plateau. At 6,300 kilometres long, it holds 40% of China’s freshwater resources and one-third of China’s population lives around the river.  Passing through the famous Three Gorges, the Yangtze offers some of China’s most scenic getaways.

Be transported into the region of Chang Jiang at River Safari, where you can admire some of the world’s most critically endangered wildlife that reside within the Yangtze basin – the rare Chinese alligator and the prehistoric looking sturgeon.

 

Chinese Alligator

As you walk along the Yangtze River exhibit, look out for the Chinese alligator...

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Chinese Alligator

As you walk along the Yangtze River exhibit, look out for the Chinese alligator. It is one of the world’s rarest crocodilians found predominantly in slow-moving rivers, streams, lakes and ponds around the Yangtze river. While it looks very similar to the American alligator, it is considerably smaller in size. Also, unlike the American alligator which is armoured only on its back, the Chinese alligator has a fully armoured body with bony plates protecting its belly as well as its upper eyelids.

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Giant Salamander

The giant salamander has been around since dinosaurs roamed the earth...

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Giant Salamander

The giant salamander has been around since dinosaurs roamed the earth. It is the world’s largest amphibian and can grow to a length of 1.8 metres and weigh over 60 kilograms yet despite its size, the giant salamander is really quite a gentle creature. In China, the giant salamander’s common name means ‘baby fish’ as one of the sounds it makes resembles the cry of a human infant.

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Sturgeon

Regarded as a "living dinosaur", the sturgeon is believed to have existed as far back as over 200 million years ago...

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Sturgeon

Regarded as a "living dinosaur", the sturgeon is believed to have existed as far back as over 200 million years ago. It is distinctive for its elongated body, lack of scales and great size. It is noted as a long-distance traveller, capable of making round-trip journeys of up to 3,500 kilometres every year. Sturgeons are also noted to be one of the longest-lived animals and can live up to a hundred years old!

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