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Southeast Asia’s thriving illegal bird trade

Living out the rest of your life crammed in a cage in a dark, damp room; this is the reality of life for the millions of birds that are being trafficked as part of Southeast Asia’s thriving illegal wildlife [...]

500+ animals rescued from Illegal Wildlife Trade – Emergency funding needed for their care

On January 9, 2020, our wildlife police unit rescued 466 lesser whistling ducks with clipped wings, 56 long tailed macaques, 3 common palm civets, and 2 water snakes from a wildlife trafficker in Kompong Thom Province, Cambodia. While a [...]

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 [...]

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) [...]

Asiatic black bear rescued by wildlife police unit

The Wildlife Rapid Rescue Team (WRRT) collected a young Asiatic black bear from Pursat Province, Cambodia on January 21. The owner bought the bear from a hunter as a cub in an attempt to save the bear from a [...]

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