Wildlife Alliance is releasing rescued wildlife into this historic forest and bringing life back to this sacred site, in partnership with the Forestry Administration and the Apsara Authority which manages Angkor.
On December 12, 2013, a pair of endangered pileated gibbons took their first steps towards a new beginning in the wild in the forest within the Angkor Archeological Park in Siem Reap, Cambodia. This release marked the beginning of a new endeavor to release wildlife into the forest surrounding the high-profile tourism destination. Stretching over 40,000 hectares, the Park receives around 2 million visitors a year, making this project an excellent opportunity to educate visitors on the importance of conservation, while showcasing Cambodia’s dedication to wildlife protection.
This ambitious project signals a continued 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.
A total of three released gibbon pairs are currently living in Angkor, and have produced a total of 6 wild born babies. The first wild born gibbon reached adulthood in 2020. She has been paired with a captive-bred male transferred from Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Centre, and they will be released together after a period of bonding and acclimatization. We have also released a family of smooth-coated otters, which had 2 pups in 2019, pied hornbills, red muntjac, leopard cats, common palm civets and silvered langurs.
Released animals are monitored daily with supplementary feeding and all are thriving in the wild environment. Each animal released is a step further towards sustainable wildlife populations in the UNESCO World Heritage site.
In conjunction with the Cambodia government, we would like to release several other species including sambar deer, sunda slow lorises, green peafowl and hornbills. 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.
Check our blog for the most recent updates and activities from the project!
Can you help support the further expansion of this project?
$210 buys a camera trap to monitor wildlife.
$4,000 will build one release enclosure.
Total running costs for wildlife rehabilitation and release for 1 month are $1,850.
Supplementary feed for released animals and those acclimatizing costs $1,000 per month.
Your invaluable gift will not only bring wildlife back to Angkor, but more importantly, give these animals a second chance at life in the wild.