How can we help save Siamese crocodiles?
Most recent conservation work on behalf of the species has focused on Cambodia, which harbours the largest known surviving populations.
Since rediscovering the Siamese crocodile in the Cardamom Mountains, Fauna & Flora has worked closely with the Cambodian government’s forestry department and local communities to safeguard the remaining wild crocodiles and their habitat, and to boost the wild population.
Some communities in the Cardamom Mountains consider Siamese crocodiles to be sacred and have protected them for generations. Fauna & Flora is working with the indigenous Khmer Dauem to improve their food security, their business acumen and their capacity to conserve their cultural heritage, including the reptiles that they revere.
Fauna & Flora has helped establish community-led monitoring and anti-poaching activities at key breeding sites. We have also advocated for stricter controls over crocodile farming and trade. We worked with local and international partners to develop Cambodia’s first Siamese crocodile conservation breeding programme and, in 2012, helped launch a national reintroduction programme to reinforce the wild population. The programme has already led to the release of well over a hundred pure-bred Siamese crocodiles at suitable sites.