The snares are made of rope or metal. The thickness and the strength depends on the targeted animal. To build them it’s a fast process, they are basically lassos kept in tension by a branch and a trigger made out of bamboo. Local hunters use these ubiquitous wires to create snares – indiscriminate forest bombs – that are crippling and killing Southeast Asia’s most charismatic species and many lesser-known animals as well.
According to Dr. Thomas Gray, Wildlife Alliance Science Director, the snaring crisis is increasing in Cambodia – where he works – as well as Myanmar, Indonesia and Thailand. In some places – even protected areas – it is so bad that scientists talk of “empty forests” where hunters have literally stripped the ecosystem of all medium-to-large animals. Read more about The wildlife snaring crisis
These traps are inexpensive to make and are easy to set but are highly detrimental to wildlife populations due to their indiscriminate nature. In addition to deterring people from setting snares, Wildlife Alliance Rangers have removed hundreds of thousands of snares from the Cardamom Rainforest floor.