On Earth Day – April 22, 2019 – people around the world are coming together to “Protect Our Species”. At Wildlife Alliance, that is exactly what we do.
Southeast Asia is one of the most biologically diverse areas of the planet and encompasses 20% of the world’s plants, animal, and marine species, but is also the most biologically threatened globally, especially for mammals. The majority of the region’s Protected Areas are ‘paper parks’ with insufficient resources, capacity, or supervision to achieve effective species conservation.
The Cardamom Mountain Rainforest is one of the most significant conservation priorities on the planet with more than 54 globally threatened species present in the landscape including Asian elephant, sun bear, pileated gibbon, clouded leopard and Critically Endangered species including Sunda pangolin, Siamese crocodile, southern river terrapin, and giant ibis. Our forest rangers have been protecting this critical landscape since 2001, safeguarding it against deforestation and poaching. Prior to Wildlife Alliance’s intervention in the landscape, commercial poaching of high-value wildlife was rampant – at least 38 Asian elephants and 29 tigers were hunted in the Cardamoms between 1999 and 2004, which led to the extirpation of tigers from the country. With our support, zero elephants have been poached in the Cardamoms since 2006 and their populations are rebounding. Cambodia has some of the highest deforestation rates of any country, and yet we have been able to keep the Cardamom Rainforest Landscape one of the largest intact rainforests in Asia.
How you can help
Elephants, pangolins, clouded leopards, and countless other animals need your help to protect their habitat. Your donation this Earth Day will ensure that the Cardamom Rainforest Landscape remains one of the best-protected rainforests in Southeast Asia.