The cave-dwelling Nile crocodile is Madagascar’s top predator. This reptile looms large in Malagasy culture as both a fearsome predator and a revered symbol of power. They also loom large quite literally: Nile crocs grow throughout their entire lives. The Bronx Zoo’s 13.5-foot, 800-pound male is just average!
The people of the southern stretches of Madagascar call the radiated tortoise “sokake” and consider it sacred above all creatures. The tortoise’s black shell has brilliant yellow lines that radiate from points on its shell. Viewed from the side, the golden marks resemble a crown of a king.