Cambodia’s efforts in conservation have yielded positive results as the latest annual sarus crane census. It reveals a significant increase in the vulnerable species’ population. The data is conducted by the Ministry of Environment in collaboration with Nature Life Cambodia, Wildlife Conservation Society, and the International Crane Foundation. The census recorded 180 sarus cranes in February, up from 156 birds last year. This rise in numbers indicates progress in the preservation of the majestic sarus crane. This is listed as globally vulnerable due to various threats to its habitat and well-being.
The annual sarus crane census, held from December to May across various regions in Cambodia, has delivered encouraging news. Neth Pheaktra is secretary of State for the Ministry of Environment. She shared that the latest count revealed 180 sarus cranes. This is marking a positive sign of progress in comparison to the 2022 and 2021 census figures of 156 and 161 cranes, respectively.
The Vulnerable Sarus Crane
The sarus crane is identify because the tallest flying bird, attaining a top of as much as 1. sixty-five meters. However, this magnificent species is classifiy as vulnerable on the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List. It is rapidly declining global population. The main threats faced by these cranes include the degradation and destruction of wetland habitats, human exploitation, and the harmful effects of pollutants and poisons.
Conservation Efforts and Key Locations
In Cambodia, sarus cranes can be find in several protect areas. This is including the Lumphat Wildlife Sanctuary in Mondulkiri and Ratanakiri provinces, the Anlong Pring covered panorama in Kampot province, and the Boeung Prek Lapouv covered panorama in Takeo province. These regions play a crucial role in the conservation of this vulnerable species.
Cambodia’s dedication to the conservation of the sarus crane has resulted in a rise in the species’ population, offering hope for its future. The annual census, conducted in partnership with various organizations, has showcased a positive trend, with 180 counted in February. As Cambodia continues its efforts to protect and preserve these magnificent birds, the world watches with admiration and appreciation for the steps taken to safeguard the vulnerable sarus crane for generations to come.