Conservation status

The Chinese alligator is listed by the IUCN Red Book as Critically Endangered. This status stems primarily from loss of habitat due to human encroachment. According to the IUCN Crocodile Specialist Group, "The Chinese alligator is the most critically endangered crocodilian in the world. Thousands are bred in captivity, but fewer than 150 remain in the wild." The group is working with the Chinese government to protect the species and has launched the Chinese Alligator Fund to assist in these efforts. In addition, many conservation efforts over the past three decades have been implemented to prevent overharvesting of other alligatorids. The only other species listed by the IUCN is the black caiman, which is listed as Lower Risk/Conservation Dependent.

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