Between 200 and 300 endangered Siamese crocodiles (Crocodylus siamensis) listed as a globally endangered species on the IUCN Red List, are inhabiting Cambodia.
The Ministry of Environment shared the good news recently, adding that traces of crocs were found at Sre Pok and Phnom Prech river in Mondulkiri province, and some of the endangered species are in the Cardamom Mountains, Koh Kong province.
According to Ms. Milou Groenenberg, Biodiversity Research and Monitoring Manager at the World Wild Fund (WWF), endangered Siamese crocodiles are very shy, so they are rarely seen with the naked eye.
In order to know if it really exists in Cambodia, she continued, it is necessary to monitor the footprints, its burrows, or the feces of this species.
The Sre Pok river in Mondulkiri province is a good place for the croc’s habitat because no one has yet come to disturb it, and so far the risks they are facing elsewhere include poaching, illegal fishing, and fishing with electric wires, etc.
H.E. Neth Pheaktra, Secretary of State at the Ministry of Environment, shared that the Ministry of Environment has been working with development partners to save endangered animals, including the Siamese crocodile.
Source: Agency Kampuchea Press