Blog2018-09-06T23:05:42+00:00

Lethal Traps dismantled by our Forest Guards

Snares – either metal or rope – are indiscriminately killing wildlife across Southeast Asia, from elephants to mouse deer. The problem has become so bad that scientists are referring to protected areas in the region as “empty forests.” Cruel Wildlife traps Wildlife Alliance rangers are collecting thousands of animal traps every year. They need to reach deep in the forest, sometimes the patrol can last one week. While on patrol, Siamese Crocodile Station collected 52 animal [...]

What is behavioral enrichment?

One of the main duties of our animal keepers at Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center (PTWRC) and Wildlife Release Station (WRS) is to ensure that the animals are happy and are exhibiting the same behaviors that they would in the wild. Attending to an animal’s psychological needs is arguably equally as important as mending the animal’s physical conditions. While an animal is at one of our rescue centers, we do our best to stimulate the behavioral instincts and characteristics [...]

Drones used in Conservation

The Global Park Defense System (GPDS) team, funded by Jeff Morgan (Global Conservation), is a specialized ranger unit that uses technology to bolster conservation. The ranger unit utilizes drones and trail cameras in the forest that send pictures and videos to the rangers in real-time, to monitor and intercept illegal activities inside the protected area. Rangers from the Green Peafowl station (Sre Ambel) caught a boat transporting construction timber (1.3  m3) hidden underwater. The rangers used a drone to patrol the river. Upon seeing the Wildlife Alliance [...]

Illegal logging inside Kirirom National Park

Wildlife Alliance rangers seized 3 chainsaws inside Kirirom National Park. The loggers abandoned their chainsaws and ran away. Kirirom National park is known for its unique high elevation, its pine forests and the most sacred place of prey for Cambodian people. The Clouded Leopard Ranger Station (Chambak station) was opened in 2010 in an effort to combat illegal land grabbing and logging. Bordered to the east by many economic land concessions – [...]

Desertification and Drought: An Issue Even in the Tropical Zone

Combat Desertification and Drought One of the biggest and least understood environmental challenges facing the globe, desertification refers to the irreversible degradation of soil through human activities such as deforestation, unsustainable farming, mining and overgrazing. It occurs when trees and root systems that bind the soil are removed, exposing topsoil to erosion, and when unsustainable farming practices severely deplete nutrients. All that remains is an infertile mix of dust and sand that transforms fragile ecosystems into barren deserts. [...]

GPDS Anti-Poaching Unit fast intervention

The Global Park Defense System (GPDS) team, funded by Jeff Morgan (Global Conservation), is a specialized ranger unit that uses technology to bolster conservation. The ranger unit utilizes trail cameras in the forest that send pictures and videos to the rangers in real-time, to monitor and intercept illegal activities inside the protected area. Poacher caught on camera followed after 15 minutes by GPDS Anti-Poaching Unit Technology is changing the nature of conservation [...]

Amari and Lori taken to Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center

Good news! Today, Amari and Lori's caretakers reunited the two for a short period of time to monitor their interactions. The mother and daughter were happy to be in each other's company again. Because Lori is still recovering from her serious injuries she will need to remain in her separate enclosure for her safety until she regains her strength and her condition improves. She continues to get lots of love and devoted care from her keepers and will hopefully [...]

The Elephant With Prosthetic Foot

Chhouk with forest patrol elephant It is ten years ago we rescued Chhouk from the Srepok  Wilderness Area in Mondulkiri, as an orphaned elephant calf.  One never knows where these things will lead and in the wake  of recent events and in remembrance of Chhouk’s 10 year  anniversary at PTWRC, it seems now might be an appropriate  time to revisit the story… In March 2007 I was requested by His Excellency Ty Sokun, DG  of FA, to [...]

Raising awareness of wildlife and habitat protection

The Kouprey Express Team (KE) on the late August conducted two trips to Phnom Tamao Zoo, Takeo province. There were 92 teachers and 578 students from Kampong Speu province’s 4 core-schools – having Prambeymoom, Samroung, Phumin, and Watbeng core-school. This was a yet another great, happy trip with one another as we have done so many times with communities and schools from all around Cambodia. We continue steadfast in our mission so that all Cambodians know about wildlife and [...]

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