Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center is a government-owned facility set over 6,000 acres of regenerating forest. Wildlife Alliance animal husbandry specialists and veterinarians care for over 1,400 animals across more than 100 species, including Asian elephants, tigers, Pileated gibbons, otters, and many hoofstock, birds and reptiles. All of the animals have been rescued from the illegal wildlife trade or are victims of habitat loss and without a berth at the rescue center, they would likely be dead.
Since arriving at Phnom Tamao in 2001, Wildlife Alliance has provided much needed funding and animal care expertise to transform the center. Investment in infrastructure and personnel ensures that all animals are treated responsibly and no animal is ever turned away. The partnership between Wildlife Alliance and the Cambodian Forestry Administration ensures animals rescued from wildlife traders in Cambodia are guaranteed a lifetime of care and those who have made a full recovery have the chance of release back into the wild.
With nearly 300,000 visitors annually, Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center is a show piece for wildlife conservation efforts in Cambodia.
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Release is always our primary goal. Once animals have fully recovered and those born at Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center are released back into the wild under IUCN protocols at one of our three primary release sites; the Phnom Tamao Protected Forest, our Wildlife Rehabilitation Station set deep in the southern Cardamom Mountains in southwest Cambodia, or our Rewilding Project in the Angkor Temples Forest Complex in Siem Reap.
Wildlife Alliance has successfully released thousands of animals, including pangolins, binturongs, civets, slow loris’, macaques, leopard cats, porcupines, parakeets and hill mynahs. Released animals are monitored using various methods, including radio telemetry, camera traps, track identification and visual observation to ensure release strategies are successful and the animals are able to survive. Wildlife Alliance has forest rangers on the ground patrolling the area day and night, ensuring released wildlife a safe habitat, free from the dangers of being poached.
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The Angkor temple complex and the surrounding forest are one the most culturally and archaeologically significant locations in Southeast Asia. This historic UNESCO World Heritage site was once a vibrant forest, home to various primates, big cats, deer, birds and other species until excessive and unrestricted hunting in the late 20th century decimated wildlife populations.
photo by Jeremey Holden
On December 12, 2013, a pair of endangered pileated gibbons took their first steps towards a new beginning in the wild in the forest surrounding the Angkor Temple Complex in Siem Reap, Cambodia. This release marked the beginning of a new endeavor between Wildlife Alliance, the Forestry Administration and the Apsara Authority who manages the World Heritage site, to repopulate the forest surrounding the high-profile tourism destination. Stretching over 40,000 hectares, the park receives around 2 million visitors a year, making this reintroduction program an excellent opportunity to educate visitors on the importance of conservation, while showcasing Cambodia’s dedication to wildlife protection.
This ambitious project signals a renewed impetus to protect Cambodia’s natural heritage. With better management and enforcement of the law, the Angkor forest has now become a safe haven for wildlife. Animals, such as pileated gibbons that are at risk of being poached or disappearing due to severe habitat destruction, can now wander freely without risk of harm. The released gibbons thrived in their new home, and in October 2014, a baby was born to the released pair. The birth signified the triumph of this unique reintroduction program. Subsequent releases include another gibbon pair along with a trio of Endangered silvered langurs, all of which are now flourishing in their new home.
With permission from the Cambodian government, we hope to expand on this success, and in 2016, we would like to release several other species including sambar and muntjac deer, slow lorises, leopard cats, peafowl, binturongs and civets. Each animal would require specific rehabilitation protocols and enclosures appropriate to the different species in order to acclimate to their new surroundings before release. To ensure the animals are healthy and safe, post-release monitoring equipment is also necessary to survey the animals after their release.
Help make the exciting expansion of this program a reality. $9,340 will build one release enclosure, and supply 12 camera traps and 6 radio collars. Your gift will not only bring wildlife back to Angkor, but more importantly, give these animals a second chance at life in the wild.
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