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American alligators, feeding time

Published October 22, 2009

The American alligators on display at the National Aquarium's DC venue are very popular with visitors, especially during feeding time! Through a partnership with the Savoie alligator farm in Louisiana, the National Aquarium receives several alligators to raise for a few years, until they out grow the alligator habitat at the Aquarium. The alligators are then taken back to Louisiana and released into the wild to help regulate the populations that were once diminishing.  In the video below, Ryan Dumas, a herpetologist, introduces the American alligator, and explains the process of feeding the alligators within in the exhibit.
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