For the first time ever, a herd of wild elephants were caught on camera in the Southern Cardamoms of Cambodia. While elephant sightings by locals have been on the rise since 2012, this is the first time elephants have been caught on camera in this part of the country. The discovery of this herd is important confirmation that Wildlife Alliance’s efforts to protect vital wildlife habitat is helping elephant populations recover. Watch the video below.

With renewed impetus and in coordination with World Elephant Day, Wildlife Alliance is launching a new campaign to draw attention to the urgent plight of this endangered species. There are less than 35,000 Asian elephants remaining in the wild, and only an estimated 200 elephants in Cambodia. Between 2001 and 2002, 37 elephants were reported killed in the Southern Cardamoms preceding the implementation of Wildlife Alliance’s forest protection program. Since 2006, there have been zero deaths reported. Wildlife Alliance, in partnership with the Royal Government of Cambodia, operates six forest ranger stations whose mandate is to safeguard 1.7 million acres of tropical rainforest. The Southern Cardamoms are part of a mosaic of Protected Areas and Protected Forests that form Cambodia’s largest intact forest and one of Asia’s last remaining elephant corridors. Wildlife Alliance’s constant monitoring, repeated awareness campaigns, and strict enforcement of wildlife laws has curbed forest crime in the Southern Cardamoms and given elephant populations an opportunity to rebound. As increasing pressure is being placed on the remaining elephant habitat, and human-elephant conflict is expected to rise, it is important for Wildlife Alliance to continue its comprehensive conservation plan to ensure that this globally significant species is protected.

Today, on World Elephant Day, Wildlife Alliance will launch the Elephant Alliance campaign, which seeks to unite a broad base of supporters to raise awareness about the urgent plight of the Asian elephant and to save this iconic species from extinction. By raising funds and awareness, we can boost critical elephant habitat protection, implement solutions for human-elephant conflict and save the remaining Asian elephants before it is too late. Wildlife Alliance would like to thank the following organizations for lending their support and demonstrating a commitment to elephant and wildlife conservation: World Elephant Day, For The Animals, Rainforest Trust, Mr. Ellie Pooh, PuraVida Bracelets, Working Dogs for Conservation, Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, Eco-Sys Action, ElephantStay, The Asian Elephant Art & Conservation Project, Elephant Action League, Boylston Family Foundation, Abraham Foundation, Earth Day Initiative, and The Bodhi Tree Foundation.