Cambodian mangrove swamps are unique ecosystems compared to other terrestrial and freshwater habitats. Mangrove forests provide vital homes not only for local species, but also for long-distance visitors that arrive during the winter migration. As the migratory bird season arrives, our work protecting coastal areas and preventing bird trapping intensifies.
Rangers from the Gibbon Station (Koh Pao) and Asian Elephant Station (Trapeang Rung) dismantled 4,800 meters of bird nets and confiscated 7 sound systems that play bird call to attract wild birds to their nets. While dismantling the hunters’ illegal nets, the rangers rescued 31 birds and released them back into the wild.
Bird nets are often thousands of meters long and ensnare any bird that flies into them. Wildlife Alliance rangers dismantle thousands of bird nets every year and arrest the hunters who set them.