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FFI croc protector on BBC Wildlife Diary

Posted on: 21.01.09 (Last edited) 24 November 2010

Adam Starr speaks about his adventures in Cambodia’s Cardamom Mountains

FFI’s work to save one of the world’s most endangered crocodiles is currently being showcased on the BBC Wildlife Fund’s “Wildlife Diary”. The Siamese crocodile programme was supported by the Fund through the BBC series Saving Planet Earth in 2007.

Adam Starr, Programme Co-ordinator for FFI’s Cambodian Crocodile Conservation Programme, sheds light on the excitement and challenges of protecting this rare reptile:

January 2009 Wildlife Diary

I first learned about the plight of the Siamese crocodiles several years ago, when working with communities on the Mekong River to conserve Irrawaddy Dolphins. Local fishermen told me there used to be crocodiles in the river, but they had disappeared long ago.

In November 2008, I joined the Cambodian Crocodile Conservation Programme (CCCP), which is co-run by Fauna & Flora International and the Cambodian Government. One of oldest established species initiatives in the country, this programme dates back to 2000, when Dr Jenny Daltry of FFI and Mr Cheang Dany of Cambodia’s Forestry Administration rediscovered the ‘extinct’ Siamese crocodiles in Cambodia.

Read the full diary here

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Rebecca Foges

Rebecca has been working at FFI since September 2007. Though she studied conservation in her BA and MSc, she decided that the life in the jungle just wasn't for her. Having grown up in New York City, she has experienced more pigeons and squirrels than parrots and spider monkeys. So she decided to write about the impact that FFI's projects have on the ground. Her current role as Communications Officer (Business & Biodiversity) has allowed her to focus her energy towards FFI's innovative Business & Biodiversity Programme. Rebecca helps to get the message out about FFI's strategic corporate partnerships and what they have helped to achieve for global biodiversity.

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