The Seub Nakhasathien Foundation yesterday issued a statement calling on the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plants Conservation and the Department of Fisheries to jointly take care of and free the captured saltwater crocodile back to its natural habitats before it was too late.
The call by the foundation whose main task is to conserve nature and wildlife came after the 3-metre crocodile was reported to be depressed and didn't eat after it was captured last Friday and now is kept in a huge cement well at the Coastal Aquaculture Research and Development Region 5 in Thalarng district of Phuket.
It said keeping the crocodile in enclosure of the cement well is inappropriate and is reason that it is depressed and doesn't eat which may result in other consequence. Normally saltwater crocodile will live in vast coastal environment.
As an active nature and wildlife conservation organisation, it then advised relevant government agencies to jointly protect and conserve this rare species which is facing distinction.
It's advice included emergent transfer of the crocodile to appropriate natural enclosure to ease it's depression such as in wildlife rehabilitation and breeding centre, and study a long term plan to free it in appropriate natural enclosure for research and study as saltwater crocodile inhabitats are scatteredly found from Bengol Bay which covers ASEAN region to northern Australia.
It said that the status of saltwater crocodiles in Thailand is listed as critically endangered.
For the time being, it urged both departments to work closely in taking care of the crocodile and to release it back to its natural habitat as it's population is critically declining and its habitats also are invaded.
It also urged that both departments speedily give knowledge to the local people that crocodile is not only key to ecological balance but also tourism promotion as they could live in harmony with humans as proved successful in Malaysia, Singapore and Myanmar.
Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)