It enhances the chances of saving an endangered animal… and a security cordon to protect it

Amman Today

publish date 2021-09-21 16:09:15

Wildlife scientists’ hopes of preserving an endangered species of crocodile were boosted, after researchers in the eastern Cambodian reserve found eight Siamese crocodiles.

The team found small Siamese crocodiles in a river in Serebok Wildlife Sanctuary, eastern Cambodia, early this month.

They explained that they were able to find crocodiles after four days in searching their residence sites after discovering footprints and dung months ago.

This species was once spread throughout Southeast Asia, but is now listed as an endangered species by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.

And it completely disappeared in those areas by the nineties due to a combination of factors, including poaching, the destruction of their habitats, and breeding with other crocodile species.

The WWF said in its statement that the government and the wildlife organization have been jointly searching for photographic evidence of the species breeding in Serebok Reserve without success for more than a decade.

Cambodia’s Environment Minister Sai Samal hailed the discovery as “heartbreaking news” while Milo Gruenberg of the World Wide Fund for Nature described it as “an important discovery for species in Cambodia and the world”.

The statement said the area is now being guarded by the rangers of Serebok Wildlife Sanctuary, the Associated Press reported.

It is believed that only about 400 Siamese crocodiles are still in the wild, noting that most of those crocodiles are in Cambodia.

In 2017, wildlife researchers found six eggs in the Sri Ampel area in the southern province of Koh Kong while exploring traces, evidence and dung from reptiles.

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