On October 17, rangers from the Sun Bear (Veal Pi) Station rescued an Asian koel from a hunter’s bird net. These plastic “walls of death” indiscriminately trap not only many bird species, but also mammals including pangolins, civets, boars, and ungulates. The Asian koel, a member of the cuckoo family, is a relatively common species. However, exploitation, coupled with deforestation, is the greatest threat facing many bird species in tropical Southeast Asia – a region experiencing an extinction crisis. Bird nets are often thousands of meters long and ensnare any bird that flies into it. Wildlife Alliance rangers dismantle thousands of bird nets every year and arrest the hunters who set them.
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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