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Saving the Siamese Crocodile

Tuesday 18 June, 2013. 6:30pm – 9:00pm
Haberdashers’ Hall, 18 West Smithfield, London, EC1A 9HQ

Information on how to book tickets can be found at the bottom of this page, and further information about this event and our speaker can be found below.

Crocodiles have a special place in the rich cultural heritage of Cambodia, with stone cavings of Siamese crocodiles to be found on the walls on ancient Angkorian Temples. For some Cambodians, these freshwater crocodiles are the spirits of their ancestors, and there are many tales of how Siamese crocodiles have shown extraordinary kindness to people.

Sadly over the past century, habitat destruction and commercial hunting have eradicated the Siamese crocodile from 99% of its range throughout south-east Asia. This species was feared to be extinct in the wild until Fauna & Flora International’s (FFI’s) Senior Conservation Biologist, Dr Jenny Daltry, discovered a small number in Cambodia in 2000 – and subsequently spearheaded a pioneering programme with the Royal Government of Cambodia and local communities to save this Critically Endangered reptile.

Fewer than 250 adult Siamese crocodiles remain in the wild, chiefly in the remotest parts of the Cardamom mountains. Now in its 13th year, the Cambodian Crocodile Conservation Programme has broken new ground in helping local communities to live alongside these large predators, with some surprising benefits for local people.

Our staff in Cambodia still face many challenges as we work to build up the numbers of crocodiles and even reintroduce them back into the rivers and wetlands where they used to live. This year, one of the biggest colonies has come under threat from plans to build a major new hydro power dam, forcing our team to take the unusual and extremely difficult step of catching an entire colony of crocodiles and carrying them across the mountains to a safer site.

Join Jenny Daltry to hear the amazing story of how a large but surprisingly social predator is being pulled back from the brink of extinction.

This event is free to all FFI supporters – to say thank you for kindly supporting our work. However if you would like to make a donation in honour if this event then you can do so via our donation pages.

If you would like to book tickets to this event then you can either:

Contact us on +44 (0) 1223 431 952, or at events@fauna-flora.org, or you can book tickets through our Eventbrite page using the button below.

If you have any questions at all about this event then please do not hesitate to get in touch.

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