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Wildlife Conservation Society Release Pictures of Rare Crocodiles

Posted By : The Animal Facts Editorial Team

Date: September 11, 2020 9:50 pm

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A Siamese crocodile in the wild.

Photo Credit: Thorn Sophun/ Wildlife Conservation Society

The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) has released images of endangered Siamese crocodile hatchlings in a natural lake in the Sre Ambel district of Koh Kong Province, Cambodia.

As few as 5000 Siamese crocodiles are believed to remain in the wild. This sighting is believed to have included around 15 hatchlings.

A patrol from WCS’s Crocodile Nest Protection Team captured the images while conducting their work.

siamese crocodile hatchlings Wildlife Conservation Society

A Siamese crocodile in the wild.

Photo Credit: Thorn Sophun/ Wildlife Conservation Society

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On their visit to this wetland the team were able to observe the hatchlings in an important refuge for juvenile Siamese crocodiles. They were estimated to be around 30cm (11.8in) long. Due to low rainfalls in the region this year it was noted that the wetland is unseasonably shallow and provides less shelter.

The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species lists the Siamese crocodile as critically endangered. They were once found across much of south East Asia but their range is now mostly restricted to Cambodia with some remnant populations in Laos and Indonesia. Former populations in Thailand and Vietnam are close to extinction.

Their populations have decreased as a result of habitat loss and the collection of adults to supply crocodile farms across Asia.

siamese crocodile hatchlings Wildlife Conservation Society

A Siamese crocodile in the wild.

Photo Credit: Thorn Sophun/ Wildlife Conservation Society

WCS work on a multi-pronged approach to secure a future for the Siamese crocodile. They have engaged former hunters of the crocodiles to protect them. Law enforcement join these teams to remove fishing gear which may entangle the crocodiles and to stop their habitat being destroyed.

They also support education and awareness programs in local communities. A head starting program has also been established to help increase survival rates.

Learn more about the Wildlife Conservation Society on their website - Wildlife Conservation Society

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