Palm Civet and Bengal Monitors Resced from Major Supplier

On February 3rd, 2016 the Wildlife Rapid Rescue Team (WRRT) concluded an investigation that identified a major supplier of wildlife meat to traders in Banlung City of Ratanakiri Province, Cambodia.

The WRRT staff used local informants and conducted long hours of undercover surveillance to first identify the wildlife meat traders at and around markets in the Banlung area, and then locate their supplier. The information gathered also suggests that he supplies traders with wildlife meat to areas both in and outside of Ratanakiri Province including the city of Phnom Penh.

With assistance from local authorities, the team raided the supplier’s house and rescued a palm civet and five Bengal monitors. After being properly assessed, all the healthy animals were released later that day into protected forest. They also found and seized the meat of two wild pigs and six muntjacs. The supplier was arrested and will have to appear in court to face wildlife-trading charges.