Siamese Crocodile Under Study by Conservationists

AKP Phnom Penh, February 11, 2019 —

The Siamese crocodile (Crocodylus siamensis) is under survey after the species has disappeared from 99 percent of its former range.

The species was classified as endangered in 1994 and listed as being critically endangered status in 1996 on the International Union of Conservation of Nature (IUCN) red list.

According to the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), Siamese crocodile remains currently one of the world’s rarest reptiles, reduced to small, fragmented populations in Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Thailand and Vietnam. Given its critical status, it is very important to conserve this species.

To help contribute to the conservation of Siamese Crocodile, WWF-Cambodia will conduct a survey on Siamese crocodile in the Eastern Plains Landscape (EPL) in 2019, WWF said.

Regarding its population, Fauna and Flora International (FFI) said fewer than 250 adults remain, mostly in Cambodia, where an FFI-led survey team rediscovered the species in early 2000.

(Photo: WWF)

 

By Khan Sophirom