At a random check point in Sre Ambel, eight turtles and three monitor lizards were rescued from men on motorbikes intending to sell them in the illegal wildlife and pet trade. As soon as the men saw the rangers, they abandoned their motorbikes and wildlife and fled into the forest. The animals have since been released into protected habitat, thanks to the brave and dedicated efforts of our rangers.
Most species of monitor lizard have poisonous saliva to help them escape from predators and to facilitate in killing prey. Unfortunately, this defense mechanism hasn’t saved them from the common risks that face many species in the wild. These lizards are currently not Endangered, but if illegal hunting, trading and habitat loss and degradation continue, they could one day be at risk.