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 Jubi 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 [...]

By |September 28th, 2020|Categories: In the News|0 Comments

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 [...]

3 tonnes of luxury timber seized in raid

During a recent raid, Chambok station rangers seized more than 3 tonnes of illegal luxury timber from a house within their patrol quadrant. A total of 227 pieces of Siamese rosewood (Dalbergia cochinchinensis), known as 'Krak kranhoong' locally, were seized in the raid. Siamese rosewood is listed as Vulnerable by the IUCN Red List and is becoming increasingly rare because of demand for the illegal timber industry. An estimated 85% of Cambodia's timber exports end up in China, feeding [...]

By |August 3rd, 2020|Categories: In the News|0 Comments

Monster’s Nursery Update Number 5!

For those that have not seen my previous posts, my name is Monster - just like Frankenstein’s monster -not a scary one! I will be reporting to you twice a month about the activities at the Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center Nursery! I am a northern pig-tailed macaque and was actually born at Phnom Tamao, but shortly after I was born my father attacked me. He caused injuries to my arms, legs and head including irreparably damaging my left [...]

By |August 1st, 2020|Categories: In the News|0 Comments

World Ranger Day 2020

This World Ranger Day support the rangers on the frontline protecting one of Asia's last great rainforests. Southeast Asia is at the epicenter of the global extinction crisis and threats are on the rise. Without rangers, there would be no hope for turning the tide in the fight to protect some of the world’s most threatened and endangered species. Wildlife Alliance’s 143 rangers work tirelessly on the front lines, risking their lives [...]

International Tiger Day – Meet our Keeper!

This month’s keeper question and answer is with our tiger keeper at the Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Centre, Kory Rong. We hope you enjoy, let us know if there are any other questions that you’d like to ask him!  How did you start working at Phnom Tamao?  I started working at Phnom Tamao in 2003 after starting as a gardener with my Dad. I then started to take care of the banteng, monkeys, birds and civets. After that I [...]

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