Explorers Seminar Series: Dr. Jeffrey Lang
"Crocodilian Superdads: Gharial on the Chambal River in north India"
In India, people and wildlife live together, side-by-side, and have for thousands of years. Conservation Biologist Dr. Jeff Lang (U. of Minnesota) has traveled to rugged, “bandit” country in north India since 2008 to investigate the secret lives of gharial.
This crocodilian species is a specialized fish-eater, growing to 18+ feet in length, that is critically endangered, but survives today by moving hundreds of miles each year with the monsoon, up and down large rivers. Jeff’s recent work is revealing that gharials show extraordinary care for their young, guarding hundreds of hatchlings from predators, and exhibit complex social behaviors, not known in other reptiles.
His talk will feature video clips of gharial behaviors, and highlight the challenges and adventures of working and living with wildlife and people in modern-day India.
Join us for an interactive discussion with cupcakes and lemonade!