Target: Stephen Sautner, Wildlife Conservation Society
Goal: Praise the Wildlife Conservation Society and collaborators for releasing critically endangered Siamese crocodiles into the wild.
The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), along with the Government of Lao People’s Democratic Republic (PDR), Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, Minmetals Resources Limited, and Lao Zoo, have successfully released 19 baby Siamese crocodiles into a local wetland in Lao PDR. With less than 250 Siamese crocodiles remaining in the wild, this species is critically endangered. The WCS and its collaborators have done excellent work in protecting this species and should be thanked for contributing to Siamese crocodile conservation.
Siamese crocodiles used to roam throughout most of Southeast Asia. However, due to human disturbance and habitat loss, the only remaining large wild populations left in the world are in Cambodia. Siamese crocodiles can grow up to 10 feet in length and feed mainly on fish, reptiles, and amphibians. As a powerful predator, this species effectively controls populations of other species, keeping the ecosystem in balance. Unfortunately, these wetland-dwelling crocodiles are threatened by human activities such as wetland conversion into agricultural land, chemical fertilizer application, and exploitation for crocodile farms. Siamese crocodiles have been observed to be relatively unthreatening and could coexist peacefully alongside humans.
The eggs of the 19 crocodiles were found during wildlife surveys in 2011 in the Xe Champhone wetland complex in Savankhet Province. The eggs were brought to the Lao Zoo for hatching, and once hatched the baby crocodiles were brought back to the Xe Champhone wetland. The hatchlings will be kept in a pen for several months to acclimate with the local area. Once the rainy season begins, the water level in the wetland will rise and allow the crocodiles to swim away into the wild. It is with high hopes that the release of these 19 crocodile babies will help the wild Siamese crocodile population recover from near-extinction. Not only is WCS taking great strides in ensuring the survival of this species, this organization is also sending a message about the importance of wildlife conservation and species protection. Sign the petition below to thank WCS for its efforts in saving the Siamese crocodile.
Dear Mr. Sautner,
I would like to commend the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and its collaborators for recent conservation work regarding the Siamese crocodile. The WCS recently released 19 baby Siamese crocodiles into the Xe Champhone wetland in Lao PDR. This is great progress for the critically endangered species.
As you may know, Siamese crocodiles once roamed throughout most of Southeast Asia. However, due to human activities such as wetland conversion into agricultural land, chemical fertilizer application, and exploitation for crocodile farms, Siamese crocodile populations have drastically declined to only 250 wild individuals. These creatures should not be persecuted as they are thought to be relatively unthreatening and can co-exist peacefully alongside humans. As top predators in the ecosystem, Siamese crocodiles also help to manage the populations of other species and maintain a balanced food chain.
I believe that the WCS is doing great work in protecting this species and contributing to Siamese crocodile conservation. Not only is your organization helping this species survive, but WCS is also sending a positive message about the importance of wildlife conservation. Thank you for releasing these baby crocodiles into the wild and advancing the future of Siamese crocodile protection.
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