Capturing Critically Endangered Siamese Crocodiles for translocation into a secure release site

Usually considered as a last resort solution, species translocation can be contentious but necessary.

Head-started baby crocodiles

IUCN published last week ‘Guidelines for Reintroductions and Other Conservation Translocations’, which leverages IUCN’s 30 years of experience pioneering reintroductions to explore the biological, social, and political aspects of translocating species, and provides a starting point for risk assessment and feasibility studies.

In line with IUCN’s philosophy, SOS – Save Our Species supports here an emergency translocation project by Fauna and Flora International (FFI), an IUCN Member, that aims to save a population of Critically Endangered Siamese Crocodiles, directly threatened by a dam construction project in the Cardamom Mountains.
This video essay reports on the methodology, difficulties and successes encountered in the process of capturing and transporting crocodiles as well as head-starting translocated crocodile eggs!  


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