Tourists help give a red muntjac a second chance at life!

On July 4th, a group of tourists staying at our Chi Phat Community Based Eco-Tourism site were out exploring the rainforest when they spotted an injured red muntjac running on the trail.  They immediately took action and led one of Wildlife Alliance's forest patrol teams to the animal.  The small deer was found at Veal Taprak with blood on her legs, caused by a hunter. She has since been transported to Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center to be properly treated before she can be released back into the wild.

The support of the Wildlife Alliance community, both locals and foreigners, is essential to the work that we do to protect wildlife. Without our supporters letting us know about wildlife in need of help, we would not be able to rescue thousands of animals every year. Thanks to the conscientious tourists who visited us in Chi Phat, this red muntjac will now be given a second chance at life!

A rescued Asian black bear gets a second chance

As there are few natural predators to the Asian black bear’s the question remains, what is causing this population decline? The answer, as is true too often, is humans. They are severely affected by the loss of their natural habitats to deforestation for agriculture land, or the further development of human settlements. They are also at constant risk of hunters and poachers who use various parts of their bodies for traditional medicine or to be kept as pets.

Earlier this week, our Wildlife Rapid Rescue Team (WRRT) rescued an Endangered Asian black bear. The bear was being held in horrific conditions as a pet on a businessman’s private property in Battambang province. Luckily, the man decided he no longer wanted this bear, which gave Wildlife Alliance the opportunity to move in and rescue the Endangered animal. The bear was transported to Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center where she will receive proper care.

Read the full article in the Phnom Penh Post here: http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/black-bear-taken-phnom-tamao-centre

Curious sun bear inspects camera trap

Camera traps are used by our wildlife researchers to observe and study wildlife in their habitat with as little human interference as possible. They show us who and what is living in the area or passing by and how animals behave. Recently, we were lucky enough to be able to watch a curious sun bear investigate a camera in what we suppose to be its territory.

Sun bears are a globally Threatened species and camera traps have helped us be able to understand and empathize with this species a bit more.  Dr. Tom Gray, Director of Science at Wildlife Alliance, quotes that they are the smallest and rarest of the world’s eight living bear species. They are excellent climbers and spend considerable time in trees where they feed on sweet fruits, small rodents, birds, termites and honey.

This camera trap interaction shows us that we are focusing our conservation efforts in the right area and that there is still hope for this species’ recovery.

11 animals rescued and released thanks to our brave rangers!

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.

11 wild elephants were stuck in deep mud hole for four days in Keo Siema Wildlife Sanctuary

11 wild elephants were rescued by conservation organizations after they were stuck in a deep mud hole for four days in Keo Siema Wildlife Sanctuary of Mondulkiri province. In a joint effort yesterday, Wildlife Alliance, Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and Elephant Livelihood Initiative Environment (E.L.I.E.) helped the last elephant from the sticky pit, created by American bombing during the Vietnam War. Wildlife Alliance congratulates the rangers and staff from ELIE and WCS for their hard work.

Wildlife Alliance held a funeral for the dead elephant

Wildlife Alliance held a funeral for the dead elephant that was electrocuted by an electric fence in Sihanoukville province. Several monks chanted for his after life as locals say goodbye to the two tons giant. RIP

An elephant was electrocuted last night

A gentle giant was electrocuted last night after he hit the electric fence that was set up by Kirirom hydropower, 3 kilometers from Kirirom National Park, near an area where our rangers patrol. Locals called our rangers for help.

Elephants may be one of the largest and strongest creatures in the animal kingdom but they are no match for an electric fence as one mammal was found dead on Tuesday night. The local villagers are mourning the gentle giant. RIP

Wildlife Alliance is transporting the elephant to our Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center today. A funeral will be held tomorrow morning with monks chanting at the Center. If you wish to donate please visit go to http://www.wildlifealliance.org/donate, then click on "Care for Rescued Animals" button. Thank you for your support.

Thanks to our rangers from Chambok Ranger Patrol Station, SreAmbel Ranger Patrol Station to the site.

U.S. Ambassador to Cambodia William Heidt Visits Steung Prat Patrol Station

Thank you Ambassador William Heidt for your visit and for making the time to talk to our staff who are on the ground making Wildlife Alliance a success. We work with communities to protect the forest and wildlife.