Release of captive-bred individuals will boost wild populations
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Project

Rescuing the Wild Breeding Population of Critically Endangered Siamese Crocodiles

Duration
2013 - 2014
Location
Cambodia
Species protected
Siamese Crocodile Crocodylus siamensis

Project results

The project will enable the survival of the second largest population of Siamese crocodile, a top predator and ecological keystone species, through the capture of at least 20 individuals from the Areng Valley and their restoration at the release site. The immediate and long-term success of the translocation will be monitored and evaluated – through individual identification and radio-tracking of released individuals.

In addition, the technical expertise of Cambodian government staff on how to manage wild crocodiles will significantly be enhanced, and the lessons learned from this translocation will inform the future management of Siamese crocodiles.

Threaths

Disruption of water flow

Habitat loss & degradation

Over-exploitation of natural resources & prey depletion

Poaching