Chhouk the elephant gets a new prosthetic

Twelve years ago, staff from WWF managed to capture a badly injured orphan Asian elephant from the Srepok Wilderness Area in Mondulkiri. The elephant looked as if the odds were against him to survive. Wildlife Alliance were called to the scene to transport him to the Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center, where he could get the appropriate medical treatment. However, he had lost part of one of his legs to a snare leaving him too weak to be moved. [...]

A guide to visiting Cambodia’s Cardamom Mountains

The Cardamom Mountains may be one of Southeast Asia’s last great rainforests but it’s still a hidden gem among tourists visiting Cambodia.  Visiting Cambodia’s Cardamom Mountains: What is there to do? If you’re willing to take the trip, the Cardamom Mountains offers you the chance to experience one of Cambodia’s greatest natural sites. For those crazy about wildlife, the Cardamom Mountains is a must. The rainforest is one of your best chances to see Cambodia’s [...]

Help save wildlife from extinction

We're currently losing wildlife species at a faster rate than at any point in human history and Southeast Asia is at the epicenter of this crisis. Help us protect wildlife from extinction and safeguard the iconic Cardamom Rainforest by making a tax-deductible donation today. Donate SPONSOR A RANGER STATION FORESTS PROTECTION PROGRAM Our forest rangers work tirelessly to protect some of the [...]

By |December 13th, 2019|Categories: Cardamom Protection, Suwanna Gauntlett|Tags: , , |2 Comments

Great hornbill enjoys a slow transition to a life in the wild

When we release animals back into the wild, we usually implement a "soft release" strategy, meaning our keepers continue to provide the released animal supplemental food as they transition to the wild. Some animals never look back once they are released, while others like great hornbill (Buceros bicornis), Joa, take full advantage of the food our keepers provide them. Joa (meaning ‘sap’ or ‘resin’) was rescued as a chick by the Wildlife Rapid Rescue Team in 2016 from a [...]

Endangered gibbon rescued thanks to Facebook community

Social media often gets a bad rap even in the role it plays in wildlife trafficking. But our recent rescue of an endangered pileated gibbon (Hylobates pileatus) shows that social media can be used for good! We received many reports of a video circulating on Facebook in Cambodia of a gibbon chained by the neck. The the Wildlife Rapid Rescue Team (WRRT) managed to track her down in Oddar Meanchey and were able to confiscate her with the assistance [...]

Rangers dismantle 3,200 meters (nearly 2 miles) of bird netting

Rangers from the Pangolin Station (Stung Proat) dismantled an astonishing 3,200 m or nearly two miles of bird netting in Cambodia's Cardamom Rainforest Landscape. These nets are a form of illegal hunting that are devastating to Cambodia's bird population. Poachers set up walls of netting and often use the calls of already captured birds or recordings to attract other birds who fly into and get caught in the net. Unsustainable levels of hunting, coupled with deforestation, is the greatest [...]

By |November 21st, 2019|Categories: In the News|Tags: , , , , |1 Comment

The veteran’s road – Central Cardamom

The rangers trek through the dense forest where only the jungle bests and the brave are daring to go. Wildlife Alliance guards from Roveang Patrol Station stopped an outstanding amount of logging carts, tractors, and hunting gears. Seventeen logging carts, 4 logging tractors, 11 logging camps, chainsaws and hunting rifles. SPONSOR A RANGER STATION FORESTS PROTECTION PROGRAM [...]

Disrupting the wildlife trade on the Cambodia-Vietnam border

The Wildlife Rapid Rescue Team (WRRT) has spent a lot of time in recent months on the eastern side of Cambodia to try and disrupt the wildlife trade between Cambodia and Vietnam. They inspected seven suspected traders’ houses, four restaurants, and several local markets for evidence of wildlife trafficking. These operations resulted in 11 successful busts with three offenders being fined and four other offenders being apprehended. Live birds and turtles in addition to more than 400 kg (881 [...]

Slow lorises enjoy an upgrade at rescue center

Slow lorises, the world’s only venomous primate, often fare poorly in captivity. Despite this, they are often captured from the wild and sold to be kept as pets. The illegal pet trade and the use of slow lorises in traditional medicine means we often have slow lorises coming through our care at Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center. Our animal care staff tries to release the lorises when they can, but injuries and human dependence means some require our long-term [...]

International Gibbon Day 2019

When walking through the Cardamom Rainforest Landscape, you’re sure to hear the melodious, bird-like duets of monogamous pairs of pileated gibbons [listen here]. These unmistakable calls are heartening for our rangers who patrol the forest daily protecting the largest global population of pileated gibbons (Hylobates pileatus) swinging through the treetops above them. However, poachers also use their unique calls to track these rare small apes. In Cambodia, the illegal trade of gibbons is largely for the pet trade but [...]