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Cambodia conservationists find cache of rare crocodile eggs

Wildlife researchers in Cambodia have found a clutch of eggs from one of the world's most endangered crocodiles, raising hopes of its continuing survival in the wild.

The New York-based Wildlife Conservation Society said on Wednesday that its researchers, along with Fisheries Administration employees and local residents, had found six eggs of the Siamese crocodile in the southern province of Koh Kong as they were exploring for tracks, signs and dung of the reptile.

The group said the crocodile, with an estimated global population of around 410, is found only in Cambodia, Malaysia, Burma, Thailand and Vietnam, with the greatest number in Cambodia.

It said the finders moved the crocodile eggs to a safe place where they can also be monitored. Poachers are a threat to the crocodiles' survival.

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