A day in the life of the Kouprey Express environmental educator

A day in the life of the Kouprey Express (KE) - take a tour of Phnom Tamao with environmental educator Ms. Meach Sophea as she leads the more than 300 community members from Takeo Province, in partnership with Daughters of Charity, on their first visit ever to the Center. Sophea and the KE team conducted this trip just as they do with young children – walking and seeing the animals, learning about the many different species, followed by art activities and games. As you can see, one is never too old to color and play! Hope you enjoy your tour of Phnom Tamao with the KE!  It is WA's educational program. Follow KE on facebook for their latest activities across the country.

ជាលើកទីមួយក្នុងជីវិតជាមួយគម្រោងអប់រំបរិស្ថានចល័ត (Kouprey Express) ទៅ ទស្សនៈកិច្ចសិក្សានៅមជ្ឈមណ្ឌលសង្គ្រោះសត្វព្រៃសួនសត្វភ្នំតាម៉ៅជាមួយអ្នកអប់រំបរិស្ថាន។ កញ្ញា មៀច សុភា ដឹកនាំសហគមន៏ជាង៣០០នាក់មកពីខេត្តតាកែវដោយសហការជាមួយអង្គការ បុត្រីមេត្តាករុណាកម្ពុជា។ ទស្សនៈកិច្ចសិក្សាលើកដំបូងរបស់សហគមន៏‌‌! កញ្ញា មៀច សុភា នឹងក្រុមការងារបានអនុវត្តន៏សកម្មភាពដូចគ្នាជាមួយសិស្សានុសិស្សកន្លងមកដែរ ដូចជា ដើរទស្សនាសត្វ ស្វែងយល់ពីប្រភេទសត្វខុសៗគ្នា សកម្មភាពផាត់ពណ៌ និងល្បែងកំសាន្ត។ ដូចដែលអ្នកបានឃើញ ពួកគាត់មិនចាស់ពេកទេក្នុងការចូលរួមលេងកំសាន្ត។ សង្ឃឹមថាអ្នកនឹងរីករាយក្នុងការដើរកំសាន្ត ជាមួយ (KE) ។

Dhole, largest carnivore remaining in the Cardamom Rainforest

Dhole Cuon alpinus, or Asian wild dog, are the largest carnivore remaining in the Cardamom Rainforest Landscape and have larger home-range in tropical Asia than tigers. As such they are restricted to Asia’s most remote and least disturbed forests and listed as globally Endangered by the IUCN. The Cardamom Rainforest supports an important population of these group living wild dogs. By focusing on Direct Protection of Forests and Wildlife our rangers are protecting dhole, and their prey species, by patrolling the forests of the Cardamoms and implementing effective law enforcement.

Camera-traps capture Cambodia’s threatened mountain goat

Wildlife Alliance have been conducting scientific camera-trapping in the remote corners of the Southern Cardamom Landscape, part of the largest intact area of tropical evergreen rainforest in mainland South-east Asia, and a landscape significant for biodiversity and critical for ecosystem servicesMore than 8,000 camera-trap nights from more than 60 locations have revealed previously unseen insights into the status and behavior of some of the Kingdom’s most threatened species of mammal and bird.

These images and video show Chinese Serow Capricornis milneedwardsii a species of wild goat which occurs in hill forests across mainland South East Asia. IUCN listed as Near Threatened, largely as a result of hunting for food and medicine, Serow blood is used in traditional Cambodian medicine to treat a number of ailments. As a result the species has been heavily targeted by hunters and is now restricted to a few remote forest sites largely in the Cardamom Mountains. In this amazing photo and video a young Serow suckles on her mother before the pair disappear into the night forest.

The world's most trafficked mammal - Pangolin

Pangolins are infamously the world's most trafficked mammal species and it is estimated more than 1 million individuals have been illegally trafficked in the past 10 years. One pangolin species - Sunda pangolin Manis javanica - occurs in Cambodia and, given presumed massive declines due to the illegal wildlife trade, the species is classified by the IUCN as Critically Endangered. However little is known about Sunda pangolin in the wild in Cambodia and there are few recent records. This, albeit blurry, camera-trap video from the remote Cardamom Rainforest Landscape show Sunda pangolin in the wild. Stunningly the video shows a young pangolin cub ridding on its mother's tail. Pangolin pups are carried on their mother's tail for three months, and remain with them for five months until they are strong enough to live alone. By focusing on Direct Protection of Forests and Wildlife and patrolling the remote mountains of the Cardamom Rainforest Wildlife Alliance is dedicated to ensuring pangolins survive in these forests for many generations into the future.

Hope for Endangered Species

Steve Galster, Founder, Executive Director of Freeland & Chief of Party for the ARREST Program, presenting on the achievements of ARREST at the closing press conference. Sept. 2016

Steve Galster, Founder, Executive Director of Freeland & Chief of Party for the ARREST Program, presenting on the achievements of ARREST at the closing press conference. Sept. 2016

Yesterday, ARREST partners released results of our 5 year, USAID-sponsored program which had 3 successful pilot projects that are set to scale across the region. We saved endangered tigers from poachers in a secret location. We reduced purchases of ivory in China. And we helped start a global wildlife crime task force that is giving criminals a run for their money. For more information on the ARREST program: www.freeland.org/arrest.

Thank you to USAID and our partner and longtime friend Freeland for spearheading the ARREST program and galvanizing a strong regional team to combat wildlife trafficking and protect our natural heritage. Congratulations to Freeland and all the ARREST partners!

Wildlife Alliance's Kouprey Express Mobile Environmental Education Team and Wildlife Rapid Rescue Team were proud to be a part of the ARREST program, working on-the-ground to reduce the consumption of endangered species through awareness raising and public engagement activities. #SaveSouthernCardamoms #StopKillingElephants #EndIllegalWIldlifeTrade #CambodiaNationalParks #WildlifeAlliance #CambodiaRangers #SuwannaGauntlett #WildlifeAllianceCambodia អង្គការសម្ព័ន្ធមិត្តសត្វព្រៃ Wildlife Alliance

STOP Forest Crisis

Sept. 16, 2016: Wildlife Alliance rangers have seized large amounts of wood following a major bust on illegal timbers. The Cardamom Mountains continue to be the hot spot for illegal logging activities. Thus, deforestation has accelerated at an unprecedented rate in the national parks. After a week-long obstacle to obtain a search warrant from Kompong Speu’s local authorities, Wildlife Alliance rangers successfully removed 89 pieces (24 cubic meters) of heavy planks that were stocked 500 meters from the private property of PSKV sawmill. These timbers were transported to the local Forestry Administration office as evidence. These timbers would have been cut from about 75 trees. Saving Asia’s last rainforest remains a constant battle and if we stop fighting, we lost the war. Everyday Wildlife Alliance rangers are tackling illegal logging activities in the Cardamoms. Follow the rangers on facebook.

Rescue Operation - Turtles

Sept. 10, 2016: Veal Pi (station) rangers released turtles back into the wild - on the edge of a mountain river. Earlier, these turtles were rescued from a smuggler. "The offender saw us running out from the forest," explained ranger Rastislav Artim, 34. "The offender got scared and threw the bag away. He took off."

According to the Cambodian law, the forestry administration officer would fine the offender from $5 to 20 depending on the size and weight. Due to poverty, many poor people including this offender are opting to this kind of employment - making a quick buck to survive. Until the government and international development agencies address rural development issues, the problem of wildlife trade and deforestation will not end.

A Decade of Zero Elephants Poaching in Cardamom Rainforest

Press conference, August 10, 2016:  On World Elephant Day (12th August) conservation non-profit organization Wildlife Alliance celebrates its achievement of Zero Poaching for the Asian elephant population of the Cardamom Rainforest in the last decade.

In the early 2000s the Cardamom Rainforest was an elephant and tiger poaching hotspot – between 2000 and in 2006, 37 wild Asian elephants were poached in the Cardamoms. In a response to this poaching crisis Wildlife Alliance has been supporting the Royal Government of Cambodia in 2002 with effective patrolling and law enforcement across the landscape. Since 2006, over 24,000 multi-agency law enforcement patrols have removed more than 140,000 snares and sent 300 offenders to court. For more details, read our press release in English and Khmer.

Falsified permits are fuelling global illegal wildlife trade

July 29, 2016, The Star Malaysia publication: Wildlife Alliance Science and Global Development director Dr Thomas Gray said the exotic pet trade, even if legal, contributed to animal poaching from the wild. “In many circumstances, it is used to launder animals caught in the wild as ‘commercially bred’.

“Many CITES permits are fake as it is physically impossible for all the ‘captive bred’ reptiles traded globally to come from genuine and well-managed captive facilities,” said Gray. He said the ownership of exotic animals as pets should be discouraged. Click here to read the full article.

WILDLIFE ALLIANCE & MONG RETHTHY GROUP PARTNER TO INCREASE WATER SUPPLY TO DROUGHT STRICKEN VILLAGE

Sovanna Baitong, Koh Kong: This morning Wildlife Alliance and Mong Reththy Group held a joint inauguration ceremony of the water reservoir, bridge and road. High-ranking officials from Mong Reththy Group, Wildlife Alliance, local authorities will join this ceremony, along with 150 villagers.

Wildlife Alliance partners with Mong Reththy Group to help local farmers to adapt to climate change by increasing their water supply as they face extended drought period. With this year’s worst drought in the history of Koh Kong province, the village of Sovanna Baitong saw its water reservoir completely dried up in March, which had never occurred before. Villagers had no more water for their families and their farm irrigation system. H.E. Oknha Mong Reththy came to the rescue of these families by helping Wildlife Alliance to retrofit the village water reservoir, making it deeper and adding the vital spill-gate that was missing. As part of Oknha’s contribution, was the complete construction of a new bridge and upgrading of the 2.5 km access road.

Thanks to H.E. Oknha Mong Reththy’s technical expertise and timely assistance, the new structure is now ready for the next drought season and for year-round production of the fruit and vegetables that the farmers depend on for their livelihoods.

“This partnership will help boost economic development and reduce poverty in the Southwestern region,” said Suwanna Gauntlett, CEO and founder of Wildlife Alliance.

From personal experience, the businessman explained he had experienced poverty after the war. "I was poor once," said H.E. Oknha Mong Reththy. "As a successful businessman, giving back to the community is an obligation." Joining forces with NGO Wildlife Alliance to improve the livelihoods of poor farming families was an opportunity to help contribute to Cambodia's rural development he added.

This event was published in Daum Ampil on-line news agency in Khmer language.