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700 Species of Wildlife Discovered in Cambodian Mangroves: Biodiversity Survey Unveils Astonishing Findings

The biodiversity survey conducted in the Cambodian mangroves near the Peam Krasop sanctuary has revealed astonishing findings, showcasing the richness of wildlife in this unique ecosystem. With over 700 species of bats, birds, fish, and insects identified, these mangrove forests emerge as critical habitats for a diverse array of threatened wildlife.

Led by a team of biologists, the survey uncovered a wealth of biodiversity, including notable residents such as hairy-nosed otters, smooth-coated otters, large-spotted civets, long-tailed macaques, fishing cats, and various bat species. The discovery has left scientists amazed, with the team lead Stefanie Rog remarking on the vast potential for further exploration of the mangrove’s biodiversity.

Mangrove forests, characterized by their ability to thrive in saline environments along coastal intertidal zones, play a crucial ecological role. Despite facing threats from deforestation, these ecosystems remain vital breeding grounds for fish species like barracudas and groupers, supporting both local sustenance and commercial fishing. Moreover, mangroves serve as natural barriers against tsunamis and contribute to climate change mitigation efforts by sequestering carbon.

Among the remarkable findings within the Cambodian mangroves is the presence of the fishing cat, known for its adept swimming skills and unique hunting techniques. This discovery underscores the importance of preserving mangrove habitats for the conservation of endangered species and maintaining ecological balance.

Supported by the Fishing Cat Ecological Enterprise, the survey also highlighted the presence of 74 fish species and 150 bird species, including several classified as near-threatened or endangered by the IUCN Red List. The elusive hairy-nosed otter, captured on camera traps, serves as a poignant reminder of the fragile existence of some of Asia’s rarest otter species.

Overall, the findings underscore the invaluable ecological significance of mangrove forests and emphasize the urgent need for conservation efforts to safeguard these biodiverse ecosystems and the myriad species that call them home.

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