The Nature and Wildlife Conservation Department under the Ministry of Environmental Conservation and Forestry is now carrying out measures to preserve endangered crocodile species.
“In the past, Myanmar had four of crocodile species. Now, three of crocodile species are disappearing. We are now protecting the remaining fresh-water and salt-water crocodile species,” said an official from Nature and Wildlife Conservation Department.
A hybrid of fresh-water and salt-water crocodile species mainly inhabiting the mangrove swamps in Ayeyawady and Taninthayi Regions.
Mainmahla Island in Ayeyawady Region is home to a famous wildlife sanctuary in Myanmar, and many endangered species inhabit the area.
The Nature and Wildlife Conservation Department is now collecting the names of rare crocodile species living in Mainmahla Island by dividing them into four groups.
Last year, the conservation department recorded a total of 64 crocodiles of various sizes. The number of crocodiles on record decreased from 46 to 25 from 2013 to 2014.
With the aim of preventing the extinction of the hybrid crocodile species and to conserve the mangrove ecosystem, the Ministry of Environmental Conservation and Forestry now plans to compile a list of crocodile species every year.