More than 1500 chainsaws are confiscated every year by Wildlife Alliance rangers

Last year, rangers confiscated more than 1,500 chainsaws. That’s around 5 chainsaws every day. A single chainsaw in the hands of a skilled logger can clear cut up to one hectare in a single day. Every chainsaw confiscated from the loggers ensure that the Cardamom rainforest remains protected for the future. Read more about how rangers protected the Cardamom Forest here. The cost of keeping the Cardamom Mountains rainforest standing is constant vigilance. Wildlife Alliance [...]

Rangers rescue record breaking Burmese python

Rangers in the rainforest are the unsung heroes of conservation. They are on the front lines of conservation; policing the Cardamom Mountains, one of the last unfragmented rainforests in Southeast Asia.Working at the sharp edge of environmental crime is a tough job, and at times a dangerous one. Rangers can find themselves staring down the barrel of a gun during raids.Interactions with people they meet on patrol can be tense.  Call of dutyOne [...]

World’s most beautiful primates rescued from illegal wildlife trade

What lives in the trees, has a blue face, is identified by its legs, and spends its days munching on leaves? A black-shanked douc langur (Pygathrix nigripes), that’s what! Meet You-bee, a douc langur orphaned by the illegal wildlife trade. The Wildlife Rapid Rescue Team rescued the adorable 6-week old from people who were exploiting her in YouTube videos after a concerned citizen reported them.  The Rescue Team brought You-bee to the Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center on February 26, [...]

Bird netting leads to extermination

The Cardamom Rainforest Landscape covers 2,062,624 acres of dense monsoon forest, melaleuca wetlands, mangroves, and a vast network of rivers and estuaries that constitute the Ridge-to-Reef biosphere running from the slopes of the Cardamom Mountain Range down to the Gulf of Thailand. Continuous dense evergreen forest and good, intact wetlands are rapidly becoming scarce in Asia, and this has been blamed for the decline of many important bird species (BirdLife International, 2001). Protecting continuous forest canopy and the flow from [...]

Life as a Park Ranger: Moeun Veasna

Veasna inspects a van illegally transporting illegal timber from Cambodia to neighboring Vietnam. For Veasna, 48, protecting Cambodia’s forests has become a life mission. Working as a ranger since the age of 16, he’s watched how the relationship between people and forests has changed drastically. “Very few people went into the forests before as there were Khmer Rouge...Now many people don’t follow the law”, Veasna says. Much of Cardamom Mountains was previously occupied by the [...]

Plight of the Primates in the illegal wildlife trade

When we rescued You-bee  in February, one black-shanked Douc langur was a surprise. So imagine our shock when over the following four months we received a further three! With only 25 individual douc langurs rescued over the last 10 years, and then this year six in five months, it brings great concern about how and why we have seen such an increase in the illegal trading of these critically endangered primates.   What [...]

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Southeast Asia’s thriving illegal bird trade

Living out the rest of your life crammed in a cage in a dark, damp room; this is the reality of life for the millions of birds that are being trafficked as part of Southeast Asia’s thriving illegal wildlife trade. Photos taken by our Wildlife Rapid Rescue Team (WRRT) whilst on an operation in the Cambodian capital Phnom Penh, captured a glimpse of what is a thriving and somber illegal bird trade taking place all over Asia. [...]

Adventure awaits in the Amazon of Asia!

How can you reach the Wildlife Release Station? Approximately seven kilometres outside of a quaint little riverside village named Chi Phat you will find our Wildlife Release Station in Koh Kong. Nestled in the ‘Amazon of Asia’, or the Cardamom Mountains, you will find this rustic little station operating to release animals confiscated from illegal wildlife traffickers back into the wild, giving them a second chance at life. Down windy narrow dirt forest trails on the back of a [...]

Critically Endangered elongated tortoises saved by rangers

Poachers were smuggling these Critically Endangered elongated tortoises out of the Cardamom Mountains rainforest. These tortoises were destined to be sold into Vietnam and China's illegal wildlife trade, where they were most likely to end up on a plate at a restaurant. Fortunately, our Trapeang station rangers apprehended the poachers and confiscated these elongated tortoises, one of 6 Critically Endangered species found in the Cardamom Mountains that our team of more than 140 rangers works to protect 24/7. Elongated [...]

Poachers use new gun design

Wildlife Alliance rangers have uncovered a new type of innovative homemade gun that poachers are using to decimate wildlife in Cambodia’s Cardamom Mountains. Only a few guns of the new design have been confiscated by rangers, all of them in recent months, suggesting that poachers are starting to change their tactics. The new design is made entirely from Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) plastic and uses marbles as ammunition; a small gas canister fills up a plastic chamber that fires a [...]

World’s most beautiful primates rescued from illegal wildlife trade

What lives in the trees, has a blue face, is identified by its legs, [...]

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