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Cardamom Protection Program

Bird netting leads to extermination

The Cardamom Rainforest Landscape covers 2,062,624 acres of dense monsoon forest, melaleuca wetlands, mangroves, and a vast network of rivers and estuaries that constitute the Ridge-to-Reef biosphere running from the slopes of the Cardamom Mountain Range down to the Gulf [...]

Life as a Park Ranger: Moeun Veasna

Veasna inspects a van illegally transporting illegal timber from Cambodia to neighboring Vietnam. For Veasna, 48, protecting Cambodia’s forests has become a life mission. Working as a ranger since the age of 16, he’s watched how [...]

Critically Endangered elongated tortoises saved by rangers

Poachers were smuggling these Critically Endangered elongated tortoises out of the Cardamom Mountains rainforest. These tortoises were destined to be sold into Vietnam and China's illegal wildlife trade, where they were most likely to end up on a plate [...]

Poachers use new gun design

Wildlife Alliance rangers have uncovered a new type of innovative homemade gun that poachers are using to decimate wildlife in Cambodia’s Cardamom Mountains. Only a few guns of the new design have been confiscated by rangers, all of them [...]

Rangers ambush truck carrying illegal timber

Yesterday, Wildlife Alliance rangers from Osom and Roveang stations, in coordination with the Ministry of Environment, ambushed a truck carrying an inordinate amount of illegal timber. The truck that was carrying a enormous 19m3 of illegal timber, or 670 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Confiscated AK-47 a reminder of the value of effective law enforcement

A patrol by Wildlife Alliance rangers last week at Roveang station was a reminder that the threat posed by wildlife poachers is very much real. The rangers seized an AK-47 assault rifle with live ammunition, along with 4 chainsaws [...]

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