Scientific name : Crocodylus siamensis
Order/Family : Crocodilia/Crocodylidae
IUCN : CR (critical endanger species)
The Siamese crocodile (Crocodylus siamensis) is a freshwater crocodile native to Laos, Indonesia (Borneo and possibly Java), Brunei, East Malaysia, Cambodia, Burma, Thailand, and Vietnam. The species is critically endangered and already extirpated from many regions. They prefer slow moving waters like swamps, rivers, and some lakes. Most adults do not exceed 3 meters in length, although there are hybrids that can grow much larger.Due to excessive hunting and habitat loss this crocodile is a critically endangered species. In 1992, it was believed to be extinct in the wild or very nearly. In March 2005, conservationists found a nest containing juvenile Siamese crocodiles in the southern Lao province of Savannakhet.
In this moment Lao PDR is one of few places where Siamese crocodiles are really existed and has recently faced as a globally important region for the species conservation, according to the report from the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS). In the meanwhile, Lao Zoo has plans to establish a cooperative program of crocodile conservation mainly to recover a viable population of genetically pure the Siamese Crocodiles.