Gavialis gangeticus

Gharial is an endemic species to India and Nepal which gets its name from the bulbous growth on the tip of the male's snout which is called a GHARA, meaning 'pot' in Hindi. Gharial is a crocodilian which eats mainly fishes and it is not dangerous to human being.

Patna Zoo is famous for Gharial breeding. Recently Patna Zoo has released some captive bred Gharial into River Gandak which is a successful example of linkage of ex-situ and in-situ conservation. The conservation breeding of Gharial in Sanjay Gandhi Biological Park is very much appreciable.


  • Fish (twice weekly : March to September)-2-2.5 Kgs.
  • Per animal per day.
  • It is standard diet and it varies with season to season.

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