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Major shipment of suspected lion bones opened

A smuggled shipment of 281 kg of suspected lion bones was opened today that were seized in Cambodia last year after being shipped from South Africa. Two Vietnamese nationals who claimed ownership of the shipment are in jail and [...]

World Pangolin Day 2020

Join us in celebrating World Pangolin Day this February 15! What is a pangolin? If you’ve never seen one before, you might be shocked to know that they even exist. Yes, it’s the pangolin...And it [...]

Endangered gibbon rescued thanks to Facebook community

Social media often gets a bad rap even in the role it plays in wildlife trafficking. But our recent rescue of an endangered pileated gibbon (Hylobates pileatus) shows that social media can be used for good! We received many [...]

Disrupting the wildlife trade on the Cambodia-Vietnam border

The Wildlife Rapid Rescue Team (WRRT) has spent a lot of time in recent months on the eastern side of Cambodia to try and disrupt the wildlife trade between Cambodia and Vietnam. They inspected seven suspected traders’ houses, four [...]

WRRT rescues a sun bear missing a paw

Our Wildlife Rapid Rescue Team (WRRT) have managed to rescue a badly injured sun bear cub, missing a paw, in Steung Treng province, in the northeast of Cambodia. After receiving a tip off, they left yesterday evening and drove all [...]

50 Critically Endangered turtles rescued from wildlife traffickers

Last month, Cambodia’s Economic Police intercepted a truck illegally transporting wildlife, including 57 water monitors (Varanus salvator) and 50 yellow-headed temple turtles (Heosemys annandalii), which are Critically Endangered. Turtles are some of the most trafficked animals in Southeast Asia, [...]

Thanks to ISPP students for their help in protecting Cambodia’s wildlife

Thanks to the students at ISPP (International School of Phnom Penh) for helping us rescue a green peafowl being kept as a pet in Phnom Penh! After a grade 2 class learned about Endangered animals in Cambodia their teacher [...]

Statement re: macaque rescues

The Wildlife Rapid Rescue Team has recently rescued several primates. Once again we have been inundated with requests for updates regarding these individuals. We are all extremely busy rescuing illegally traded wild animals, ensuring these receive the most appropriate [...]

Phnom Penh Ivory Shop Owner Arrested

Last month, with information from an informant, the Wildlife Rapid Rescue Team (Cambodia’s multi-agency wildlife law enforcement unit which is run with technical and financial support from Wildlife Alliance) investigated an ivory carving shop in Phnom Penh. The WRRT, [...]

Asian small clawed otter is latest arrival at rescue center

This Asian small clawed otter (Aonyx cinereus) is one of the newest arrivals to Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center. Thanks to a tip from a concerned member of the public via our Wildlife Crime Hotline Facebook page, the Wildlife Rapid Rescue Team (WRRT) [...]