Snapshot of hatchlings raises hopes for Siamese crocs in northeast Cambodia

Researchers have found and photographed eight Siamese crocodile (Crocodylus siamensis) hatchlings in northeastern Cambodia — the first confirmed evidence that the critically endangered species is breeding in this area.

They say you should never smile at a crocodile. But that’s exactly what happened on Sept. 9 when a team of researchers discovered a group of eight Siamese crocodile (Crocodylus siamensis) hatchlings in the Srepok Wildlife Sanctuary, a protected wetland landscape in northeastern Cambodia.

The happy sighting was made by researchers from the Ministry of Environment and WWF-Cambodia while conducting nocturnal surveys of crocodile activity in the wetlands. They also managed to photograph the hatchlings.

This is the first evidence that the critically endangered species is breeding in this part of Cambodia in 10 years of painstaking surveys.

In full: https://news.mongabay.com/2021/09/snapshot-of-hatchlings-raises-hopes-for-siamese-crocs-in-northeast-cambodia/

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