While on patrol, Wildlife Alliance’s Gibbon Ranger Station (Koh Pao) found and dismantled 68 snares from the protected rainforest floor. While searching for more illegal snares the rangers heard yelping from a frightened animal. They soon discovered the sounds were coming from a dhole (Coun alpinus) trapped in a snare. The dhole was not seriously injured so the rangers freed him from the snare and he ran back into the forest. With an estimated 2,500 individuals left in the wild, this Endangered species, also called the Asian wild dog, is on the brink of extinction due to persecution from hunters, habitat loss, loss of prey, and disease transmission from domestic dogs. Wildlife Alliance is supporting the recovery of this disappearing species by protecting a critical habitat from forest loss and poaching, which is also helping to recover prey species’ populations.
Our forest rangers work tirelessly to protect some of the world’s most endangered animals in one of Southeast Asia’s last great rainforests.
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