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Amongst these are the orang-utan, the Chinese alligator and the hermit beetle.
The Chinese alligator of Eastern Asia and the American alligator of the southeastern United States are the only two species to have survived evolution
Nearly extinct in the wild, the Chinese alligator has for centuries had a prominent place in Chinese culture and mythology.
The International Union for Conservation of Nature reports that the Chinese alligator is "critically endangered.
Initially, Wang thought the Chinese alligator song might be a way for individual males to attract females-generally the case when it comes to animal tunes, and thus his team recorded the songs of males and females of the specie.
Interestingly, the endangered, real-life Chinese alligator is said to have inspired China's symbol of power and royalty, the dragon.
The report said the Huifu Fine-food Restaurant in Huangshan City has since Monday been serving meat of the Chinese alligator, which is perilously close to extinction in the wild, with the approval of the State Forestry Administration -- triggering a heated debate.
According to the Maruyama Zoo in the Hokkaido capital, five of the 20 eggs laid by a female Chinese Alligator in mid-May have been hatched in an artificial incubator.
Two species of alligators exist: the Chinese alligator and the American alligator.
The baby alligators represent a milestone for the 10-year effort to reintroduce the Chinese alligator on Chongming Island, located at the mouth of China's Yangtze River.
The disappearance of the Chinese alligator in the wild might just be inevitable, says Thorbjarnarson.
The zoo has also successfully bred other crocodilians, including the Chinese alligator, the Malayan false garial, the Siamese crocodile, the Cuban crocodile and the Yacare caiman.

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