Rick Watsford, General Manager, MMG Lane Xang Minerals Limited Sepon, said: "MMG is proud to support the work of the Government of Lao PDR and the WCS in relation to this program. This support demonstrates our company's commitment contributing positively to the communities in which we operate."
Joe Walston, WCS Executive Director for Asia Programs, said: "Successful conservation is about partnerships whether it's at the global level with climate change and wildlife trade or the local level with tigers and crocs the collective support of local communities, governments, and the private sector in Laos makes stories like this so encouraging."
Classified as Critically Endangered by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, the Siamese crocodile grows up to 10 feet in length. The species has been eliminated from much of its former range through Southeast Asia and parts of Indonesia by overhunting and habitat degradation and loss.
In 2014, the head-starting component of the program will be taken on by local communities in the Xe Champhone wetland complex. WCS has already conducted training for this transition and implemented a trial program of rearing young crocodiles at Than Soum village.
|Contact: Stephen Sautner|
Wildlife Conservation Society