Keeping animals at the rescue center happy and healthy

One of the challenges of caring for over 1,200 animals at Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center is ensuring that the animals stay healthy, not just physically but mentally. Our wildlife care team is regularly devising new techniques to keep the animals entertained int their enclosures through stimulating their senses and recreating natural behaviors. Sometimes, however, the animals create their own forms of enrichment! Such was the case with one of the smooth-coated otters (Lutrogale perspicillata), Jimmy, who discovered the [...]

In the Northern Cardamoms

The last fortnight has been incredibly busy for our rangers at our new station, Roveang Station, in the Northern Cardamoms. Our hardworking rangers ensured that 6 offenders trying to illegally grab forestland inside the Protected Area were sent to jail. The rangers have also seized an inordinate amount of illegal equipment in just two weeks: 36 homemade guns, 81 chainsaws, one excavator, and six tractors! [...]

Our rangers rescued a Critically Endangered pangolin from a poacher

Our rangers rescued a Critically Endangered pangolin from a poacher. After receiving a tip from an informant, the rangers intercepted the poacher on a motorbike. Upon inspecting the bike, the rangers found a Sunda pangolin under the seat. The pangolin had deep wounds on its front foot from getting trapped in a snare. The poacher was arrested and is awaiting sentencing  Snaring is at crisis levels in Southeast Asia and is the greatest threat facing the region’s biodiversity. The hunting [...]

Tracking Endangered Asian Elephants

The Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) population in the Cardamom Rainforest Landscape is widely considered to be the most important in Cambodia and among the largest in Indochina. Vast expanses of intact forest, largely due to the stringent protection from Wildlife Alliance, has allowed this population of Endangered elephants to remain safe and stable. Although our rangers patrol in elephant habitat every day, it is not often that they actually spot an elephant. While these pachyderms are massive creatures, they [...]

Mobile Environmental Education Project Activities

Wildlife Alliance created Cambodia’s only mobile environmental education unit, the Kouprey Express (KE), in 2005. The KE does not just raise awareness or educate people on the value of conservation and biodiversity protection; it fosters positive behavioral changes towards environmental sustainability and actively encourages children and adults to be front line defenders of their natural resources.Bringing together communities, local knowledge, experience, and tradition, the KE travels around Cambodia to urban and remote rural locations to instill in the Cambodian [...]

H.E. Say Samal, Minister of Environment – visit at Phnom Tnout Wildlife Sanctuary

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Banteng – a story with hope…

Post written by Wildlife Programs Director, Nick Marx. I have an unusual story to tell you. Unusual because Southeast Asia is an area of the world in which governments and local people seem to have precious little interest in conserving their remaining wildlife, but there is sometimes heartening news. I have been working with Wildlife Alliance in Cambodia for nearly 18 years. Me and my staff are well known in Cambodia and we are usually the guys people get [...]

How can we save rainforests?

How can we save rainforests? In order to save the rainforest, many of the most popular solutions include education and reforestation. However at Wildlife Alliance, we believe that in addition to these initiatives which are crucial for long term behavior change and mitigating the effects of already lost forest cover, the primary step to protecting the rainforest needs to be effective law enforcement. Our dedicated rangers stop illegal loggers in their tracks and deter forest crimes, leaving the rainforest intact [...]

Illegal timber transportation caught on camera

Illegal timber transportation caught on camera. The rangers from Gibbon Station (Koh Pao) patrol Station respond to a trail camera alert at 03:16 AM. The rangers intercepted a truck carrying 2.2 m3 construction timber (non luxury timber). 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. Law Enforcement South East [...]

50 Critically Endangered turtles rescued from wildlife traffickers

Last month, Cambodia’s Economic Police intercepted a truck illegally transporting wildlife, including 57 water monitors (Varanus salvator) and 50 yellow-headed temple turtles (Heosemys annandalii), which are Critically Endangered. Turtles are some of the most trafficked animals in Southeast Asia, largely for traditional medicine and meat and is driving many species towards extinction. Upon confiscating the wildlife, the Economic Police called the Wildlife Rapid Rescue Team (WRRT) to handle and release the reptiles. The Wildlife Rapid Rescue Team has been [...]