Sarawak’s croc population doubles to almost 25,000 over 9-year period

Len Talif (seated centre) photographed with others during a press conference at the DUN Complex on Nov 21, 2023.

By Shikin Louis

KUCHING, Nov 21: The crocodile population in Sarawak has nearly doubled up to about 25,000 over a nine-year period, says Deputy Minister for Urban Planning Land Administration and Environment Datuk Len Talif Salleh.

He said Sarawak Forestry Corporation (SFC) has conducted a survey using a sighting approach.

“In 2014, the data on the crocodile population was recorded at 13,500.

“That number has now doubled to about 24,000 in 2023, which is almost 25,000 crocodiles from sightings alone,” he said at a press conference held at Sarawak Legislative Assembly (DUN) Complex here today.

He further said crocodile-human conflict cases in the State stood at an average of 6 humans per year.

He also said crocodile-infested areas in the State include Sungai Bako in Kuching, Batang Kayan in Lundu, Sungai Sarawak, Sebangan and Pulau Seduku in Batang Lupar, Samarahan, Batang Sadong, Batang Rajang, Oya, Similajau, Kemena, Niah-Suai, Sibuti, and Sungai Seblak in Kabong. — DayakDaily