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FFI's Cambodian Crocodile Conservation Project team finds a nest

Siamese crocodile nest survey unearths hope

Posted on: 08.05.12 (Last edited) 4 May 2012

Fauna & Flora International’s Cambodian Crocodile Conservation Project team have just returned from the field where they conducted surveys for crocodile nests.

A nest was found, which is not a yearly occurrence, holding 21 eggs, 20 of which were fertilized. The team took measurements and moved the majority of the eggs to a new location where they could be guarded around the clock by our crocodile wardens until they hatch.

Sam Han unearths the crocodile eggs in a chamber about 1 foot from the top of the nest

Sam Han unearths the crocodile eggs in a chamber about 1 foot from the top of the nest. Photo: FFI

Siamese crocodile eggs Photo: FFI

Siamese crocodile eggs. Photo: FFI

Sam Han removes each egg 1 at a time and numbers them so that they can be put back into the nest in the correct order Photo: FFI

Sam Han removes each egg one at a time and numbers them so that they can be put back into the nest in the correct order. Photo: FFI

Hor Leng weighs and measures each egg Photo: FFI

Hor Leng weighs and measures each egg. Photo: FFI

21 eggs are counted from this nest, 20 of them appear to be fertilized Photo: FFI

21 eggs are counted from this nest, 20 of them appear to be fertilized. Photo: FFI

Upon hatching, the baby crocodiles will be kept in captivity where they can be fed and raised by the CCCP team for at least a year before they are released back into the wild, to give them a better chance of survival (baby crocodiles are food for many predators including adult Siamese crocodiles).

Written by
Sarah Brook

Sarah is a Conservation Ecologist specialising in species research and conservation, with experience on a variety of animals from butterflies, to land crabs, to cetaceans, rhinoceros and saola. She has worked in the UK, the Seychelles, Vietnam, Bangladesh and Cambodia. Sarah led the recent survey of the Javan rhinoceros population in Vietnam using dung detection dogs and genetic analysis of rhino dung, which confirmed that the population is extinct – the last individual was tragically found dead shortly after the survey in April 2010. Sarah has worked in SE Asia since 2008 and joined the FFI Cambodia programme in January 2012 as Flagship Species Officer, providing managerial and technical oversight to the Asian elephant, Siamese crocodile and marine turtle conservation projects in Cambodia.

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