Genetic testing enables safe release of Siamese crocodiles in Cambodia

For the past three years, the WildGenes programme at the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (RZSS) has been working with Fauna & Flora International (FFI) and the Royal University of Phnom Penh (RUPP) to develop the first conservation genetics laboratory in Cambodia.

A jewel of biodiversity in Southeast Asia, Cambodia is home to the largest freshwater lake in the region and a myriad of habitat types, from the rainforests of the Cardamom Mountains to the wetlands of the Mekong River delta. Conserving the remaining diversity is vital and using conservation genetic tools could greatly help. By putting these genetic tools in the hands of the people who live and work within the country, RZSS WildGenes aims to provide long-term capacity for future conservation management.

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