Community champions protecting Cambodia’s Siamese crocodiles

Once widespread across Southeast Asia, there are now around 250 adult Siamese crocodiles surviving in the wild in Cambodia and the species is critically endangered. Conserving these crocs requires not just boosting the number of individuals, but – crucially – reducing the threats they face, thereby giving the species a fighting chance to recover and not only survive in the wild, but thrive once again.

Poaching still threatens the Siamese crocodile, and protecting the species from illegal capture is an ongoing priority for Fauna & Flora International (FFI), the Cambodian government and the communities that make up the Cambodia Crocodile Conservation Project. Secure protection could not be achieved without the work of community wardens who patrol day and night to deter poachers, remove illegal fishing nets in critical habitat and monitor crocodile populations.

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