Endangered Crocs Hiding Right Under Everyone’s Snout

An unknown population of one of the world’s most critically endangered crocodiles was recently found hiding in an unexpected place–a Cambodian wildlife rescue center. DNA samples taken from 69 of the reptiles at the rescue center showed that 50% of them were Siamese crocodiles, which were at one time believed to be extinct in the wild. The Siamese crocodile population has been decimated by poaching and habitat loss. The remaining wild crocodiles, believed to number around 250, live in Cambodia, Indonesia, and Vietnam, where they are threatened by new hydropower dams being built in their habitat. The discovery of this captive population of Siamese crocodiles is important because it opens up new possibilities for breeding and releasing animals into areas not threatened by the dams. Read the full story at USA Today.


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