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

Critically endangered pangolin pup born at release station!

In September the keepers at our Wildlife Release Station were delighted to discover that resident pangolin, Lucy, had given birth! Lucy was rescued after losing a front and hind foot in a poacher’s snare. Thankfully, she has recovered and avoided being added to the statistic that over a million pangolins have been illegally traded in the last decade – resulting in them being the most trafficked mammal on earth. While Lucy has stayed under the watchful care of her [...]

Luxury Timber logging Cambodia

Luxury timber is confiscated by Wildlife Alliance rangers patrolling the Cardamom Rainforest. The massive demand for luxury timber furniture from Thnung across South-East Asia is driving the illegal logging in these forests. The effective way to deter this is to put boots on the ground and make sure the illegal loggers are caught and the timber they have is confiscated and stored in a well-guarded Ranger Station storage. [...]

The rangers saved an Asiatic softshell turtle

Rangers from the Green Peafowl Station saved an Asiatic softshell turtle from the illegal wildlife trade. While on patrol, the team intercepted a motorbike close to Sre Ambel village. Upon seeing the Wildlife Alliance rangers, the driver dropped the bag he was carrying, ditched his bike, and ran into the forest. When the rangers picked up the bag, they found a softshell turtle inside. Asiatic softshell turtles are being exploited throughout its range for food. As the trade for this species [...]

Illegal chainsaws used for logging out of the forest

While on a long patrol, rangers from the Pangolin Ranger Station confiscated three chainsaws used in illegal logging inside a protected National Park. One of Wildlife Alliance’s original stations (est. 2002), the Pangolin Station (Stung Proat station) was established to combat rampant wildlife poaching. Located near the village of Chi Phat, an ex-hunting community turned Community-Based Ecotourism program, the area was littered with snares and bombarded with hunters. Although poaching has lessened due to 15+ years of ranger presence and the alternative livelihoods [...]

Rescued elephant, Chhouk, receives a new prosthetic foot

Chhouk, our young disabled male elephant, was recently fitted for a new prosthetic foot. We have been working with The Cambodian School of Prosthetics and Orthotics (CSPO) for over 10 years now and they continue to work hard to provide Chhouk with the most innovative shoes around! This new model is 2-3kgs lighter than his previous shoes! The new shoe quickly got Chhouk’s approval and he was running around his enclosure within minutes of trying on the new shoe! [...]

Pangolin rescued from restaurant prepared for return to the wild!

One evening in April, Wildlife Alliance received a call from animal advocate and rescuer Yulia Khouri of Animal Mama. A Critically Endangered Sunda pangolin had just been brought to her veterinary offices after being rescued from a Chinese restaurant in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. The wild animal arrived in critical condition and was immediately given oxygen and fluids at the vet clinic. Pangolins are notoriously difficult to care for due to their strict diet of ants and termites – food [...]

Excavator confiscated for clearing state forest

September 15, 2018 Wildlife Alliance rangers from the Green Peafowl Station (Sre Ambel) seized an excavator and a bulldozer that was being used to clear forest bordering the Southern Cardamom National Park. The area is under Forestry Administration protection but Wildlife Alliance rangers intervened to stop the forest destruction. Cambodia's Ministry of Environment and Forestry Administration submitted the case for Land Encroachment at the Sihanoukville Court. Two men were arrested and sentenced to prison. The excavator and the bulldozer were confiscated as state property. Wildlife Alliance protects [...]

Rangers free bird from hunter’s snare

On October 17, rangers from the Sun Bear (Veal Pi) Station rescued an Asian koel from a hunter’s bird net. These plastic “walls of death” indiscriminately trap not only many bird species, but also mammals including pangolins, civets, boars, and ungulates. The Asian koel, a member of the cuckoo family, is a relatively common species. However, exploitation, coupled with deforestation, is the greatest threat facing many bird species in tropical Southeast Asia – a region experiencing an extinction crisis. [...]

World Animal Day 2018

What is World Animal Day? On 4 October World Animal Day is a social movement charged with the Mission of raising the status of animals in order to improve welfare standards around the globe. World Animal Day 2018 To celebrate World Animal Day this year, we are highlighting three animals that are often forgotten or overlooked but are in dire need of conservation action. Sunda Pangolin  ©Jeremy Holden [...]

Poaching and logging crackdown inside Cardamom National Park protected area

September 23, 2018 - Koh Kong Wildlife Alliance Rangers raided two illegal settlements built inside the Cardamom National Park protected area. Our forest protection team received information from private sources that the settlements and their occupants had been conducting forest crimes such as large scale logging and poaching since 2016. Illegal settlements built inside the Cardamom National Park. Poaching and illegal logging crackdown in Koh Kong. The Ministry of [...]