The cobra is one of the world’s most endangered species and is now being protected by the WWF in a major blow to conservationists.
The conservation group is now demanding that governments remove cobra from protected areas and allow breeding and reintroduction in the wild.
Its spokesman, John Wilson, said that while the threat to the cobra has declined over the past decade, there were still areas where the species could still be endangered.
He said: “We want to see governments recognise that the cobrapes are no longer endangered and allow them to be bred and reintroduced into the wild, in order to provide a much-needed boost to the conservation effort and to support the recovery of the species.”
It is important that we work together to make sure that we have the right policies and the right wildlife managers in place to manage these endangered species safely and responsibly.
“The cobra’s plight was highlighted recently by the release of a video of the creature, which was shot in the Kalahari desert by the US-based conservation group, the Conservation Biology Institute.
The footage, which has now been viewed more than a million times on YouTube, shows a female cobra with her calf standing next to a road and an SUV, apparently in search of a food source.
The video has been viewed almost four million times, with nearly 4,000 comments.
The video, titled ‘The Crocodile in the Desert’, shows the male cobra, named for its bright green and white stripes, trying to pull its own calf, which is apparently lying in the sand, out of the water.
It then shows a woman walking with a baby cobra.
Wilson said: “I have heard of the video, and I think it’s a great example of why we need to start looking at this as a conservation issue, rather than just a conservationist issue.”
The Crocodile is not a species of conservation.
It’s an icon, and its an iconic species.”
Wilson added that there were areas where “crocodile populations are still being threatened and protected” and that there was a need to work with the public to help conserve them.
The WWF has previously released a statement warning that there is no “silver bullet” to saving the species, but emphasised that it was vital to protect it in the long-term.
“While we cannot make every decision on whether to take action on an individual species, we are committed to making sure that any actions we take on cobras must reflect the interests of the Cobras.”
This includes actions that help protect the species and its habitat and help to reduce or remove barriers to breeding and release in the future.
“More: Crocodiles are becoming more rare in some parts of the country with the numbers of populations in the UK dropping by more than half in just the last five years, according to WWF.