Siamese crocodile found tied to a tree
On June 5, 2014, the Sre Ambel patrol unit rescued a baby Siamese crocodile from a wildlife poacher in Sre Ambel village. Listed as Critically Endangered by the IUCN, the animal's health is currently being assessed, after which it will be released into protected habitat in the Southern Cardamom Mountain Range. Extinct from 99% of its original habitat, there are only around 250 Siamese crocodiles left in the wild and most make their home in the Southern Cardamoms. They are threatened by habitat destruction and are hunted extensively for their skin. The luxury market’s demand for crocodile-leather products has had devastating effects on crocodile populations all over the world. Bags and briefcases made from these endangered animals sell for thousands of dollars, making the crocodile business very lucrative for poachers and crocodile farmers. Wild caught animals are often sold into farms where they are hybridized with saltwater crocodiles, further damaging the survival prospects of the species.
The Siamese crocodile can grow to a length of 13 feet, and primarily feeds on fish but is also known to catch reptiles, amphibians, and small mammals. It reaches maturity at about 15 years, and has a lifespan of over 50 years. Once thought to be locally extinct, a small population was found concentrated in the Southwestern region of the Cardamom Mountains. Since 2002, Wildlife Alliance’s Southern Cardamom Forest Protection Program has been defending this crucial region from illegal logging, poaching, and forest fires. Help our forest rangers continue to stop wildlife crime and protect this critically endangered species from going extinct, by making a gift today!
Rangers rescuing the rare Siamese Crocodile baby.