How a rainforest in Asia supplied the world’s ecstasy

Rangers stand by a destroyed safrole oil factory after a raid in 2009. It’s 2009 and Wildlife Alliance rangers are patrolling deep in the Cardamom Mountains rainforest to destroy enough of the key ingredient in ecstasy to disrupt supplies to the UK illegal drug market. At one stage, Cambodia’s famous Cardamom Mountains were at the epicenter of global ecstasy production. Despite this, it didn’t take long before a series of major crackdowns led to the war on ecstasy [...]

Monster’s Nursery Update Number 2!

The nursery is still very much bustling with babies! I am happy to say that the team has been working hard to release any animals that have grown strong enough to venture into the wild, including a beautiful spotted wood owl! She came to us a few weeks ago from the illegal pet trade, not yet having gotten it’s adult feathers, the keepers fed her and cared for her until she was big enough to go her own way [...]

World Environment Day

This year, more than ever, the pressing issues we are tackling to save the environment are at the forefront of our minds. From climate change rallies and strikes, to the worst bush fires on record across several continents to a worldwide pandemic. So many of these events have highlighted how all living things on Earth are connected and how we need to act for nature. Scientists predict that if we don't re imagine our relationship with nature and put [...]

Monster’s Nursery Update Number 1! 

Black-shouldered kite As usual at this time of year, the nursery has become very noisy with many baby birds being confiscated from traders. It is breeding time for a lot of bird species in Cambodia, so the traders raid the nests for chicks and eggs to sell into the illegal exotic pet trade. Our expert Wildlife Rapid Rescue Team work 24/7 to confiscate them and bring them to live with me in the Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Centre Nursery [...]

World Otter Day

On Wednesday the 27th of March we celebrate World Otter Day! Why, you might ask, would otters be so special that they get a day of celebration in their honour? Unfortunately, as with most things with a dedicated day of celebration, it’s normally due to negative reasons. However, let’s see if we can steer this ship in another direction! How many species of otter are there and what are their threats? There are 13 otter species in the [...]

Opinion | COVID-19 – a message from God or just plain common sense?

A Ministry of Environment - Wildlife Alliance ranger stands behind a burning pile of bushmeat seized from restaurants during raids in Koh Kong province. Opinion piece by Nick Marx, Wildlife Alliance's Director of Wildlife Rescue & Care Worrying though the current crisis is as to how we contain COVID-19, of equal concern must be how we prevent the next zoonotic virus, which will probably be worse. We do not seem to learn, but must hope that this [...]

Enriching the lives of Phnom Tamao’s residents

A smooth-coated otter plays with some plastic balls as part of the enrichment program If we can ever appreciate the importance of enrichment for captive animals, now is certainly the time. Locked indoors? Going stir crazy within the same walls day in and day out? Sick of seeing the same scenery, the same housemates, everyday?! We’re all in the same boat. We’re all feeling it.  So this can give you some perspective from the animal’s who are permanent [...]

Life on long patrol

Roveang station rangers cook after a day of patrolling.  The team has to be completely self-sufficient whilst on a long patrol, which could last as long as 7 days. ‘The longest patrol I’ve done is seven days...sometimes we have to go 48 hours without sleep’. Long patrols are a tough physical and mental challenge, explains ID, one of Wildlife Alliance’s rangers, but they bring the team closer, allowing them to form stronger bonds. Working in the forest [...]

Conserving Cambodia’s wildlife: the case for Endangered species breeding programs

A Critically Endangered Sunda pangolin rescued after loosing a leg to a snare gets its wound cleaned  with iodine by vets at Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center. What is an ‘Endangered species’? We hear the term used all the time, and the definition is quite broad, subjective, and open to interpretation. The IUCN defines an Endangered species when ‘there is a very high risk of extinction in the wild in the immediate future’. Why would we care about [...]

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Crocodiles rescued in Koh Kong province

After our Cardamom Rainforest Protection Program staff received information from an informant, Wildlife Alliance carried out a rescue on two crocodiles in Koh Kong province this morning. The crocodiles were taken from the Areng river in the Cardamom Mountains more than 20 years ago and had been kept by the owner ever since. They are believed to be the Critically Endangered Siamese crocodile (Crocodylus siamensis), although this is yet to be confirmed. The Siamese crocodile was widely considered to [...]

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