Wildlife Alliance

Wildlife Alliance is the leader in direct protection to forests and wildlife in the Southeast Asian tropical belt. Our mission is to combat deforestation, extinction, climate change, and poverty by partnering with local communities and governments.
Aug 7, 2015

Second Pair of Endangered Gibbons Released

Gibbons roam free in Angkor once again!
Gibbons roam free in Angkor once again!

We are excited to announce, that on June 30, 2015, a second pair of endangered pileated gibbons was successfully released into the forest surrounding the Angkor Temple Complex in Siem Reap, Cambodia. The two gibbons, Bayon and Tevy, spent 11 months in their release enclosure to ensure the pair was closely bonded and fully acclimated to their new surroundings before their release. Bayon, the male, was brought to the rescue center as an adult wild animal, and Tevy, the female, was born at Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center. Watch their exciting release here.

This is the third release at Angkor, and we are thrilled with the results so far. In 2013, the project was initiated with the release of two endangered pileated gibbons. This first pair of gibbons quickly adapted to their new life, and even had their first baby in October 2014! The birth signified the triumph of this unique reintroduction program and in December 2014, a trio of endangered silvered langurs was also released. It is our hope that this monitored release program will help raise awareness and safeguard the future of all these endangered animals. Guards have been stationed to protect the forest, and the gibbons and langurs will continue to be monitored to ensure they thrive in their new home.

The Angkor Release Project is an ambitious and exciting program that aims to bring expatriated wildlife back to the forest surrounding the Angkor temple complex. This historic site was once a vibrant forest until excessive hunting decimated wildlife populations. Since becoming a UNESCO World Heritage site, this barren jungle is now well protected and suited for wildlife. This reintroduction program is the first of its kind in Cambodia, and we are grateful to have been given permission from the Cambodian Forestry Administration and the Apsara Authority that manages the site, to reintroduce species that once lived in this area.

Thank you for your support, we hope you will continue to donate to this important project! For over a decade now, Wildlife Alliance has been a leader in wildlife conservation, rescuing over 62,000 animals from the illegal wildlife trade, rehabilitating over 20,000 wounded victims and reducing the wildlife trade in Cambodia by 75%. Joining forces with Apsara and the Forestry Administration signals a renewed impetus to protect Cambodia’s natural heritage.

First pair of gibbons with their growing baby!
First pair of gibbons with their growing baby!
This program is critical to saving this species
This program is critical to saving this species

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Aug 7, 2015

Plan an Eco Friendly Trip

Guesthouses that help local communities
Guesthouses that help local communities

Tourism can have a profound impact on local communities. Irresponsible tourism can lead to social displacement, cultural degradation, economic dependence and environmental devastation. However, with a little effort and preparation, travelers can actually lift local communities out of poverty while protecting the cultural and environmental heritage of an area.

Each destination faces unique challenges and threats, and doing some research in advance will help you make smarter choices. The first step is picking a destination that promotes local culture, sustainable development, and responsible stewardship of natural sites. Choosing ecofriendly lodging that is locally owned and operated is another important and easy way to create a positive impact. Other simple initiatives you can take to be a better traveler include choosing responsible tour operators, respecting local cultures, and remembering the impact of your presence.

In Cambodia, Wildlife Alliance’s Community-Based Ecotourism (CBET) project helped the community of Chi Phat develop nature-based ecotourism in the Cardamom Mountain Range, one of Asia’s last untouched rainforests. The project has helped provide alternative, climate smart livelihoods to former wildlife poachers and slash-and-burn farmers. Not only is our CBET project helping stop the destruction of the forest, but it is also ensuring that future development will be sustainable for the community and the environment. Today, 80% of CBET members that hunted and logged in Chi Phat no longer do so. In 2014, Chi Phat received more visitors than ever before, and the project also won two prestigious awards recognizing their outstanding achievements. This year, your support has also helped create over 57 km of trails and two new camp sites.

Thank you for your continued support, to plan a trip to one of our project sites, click on the Visit Us tab on our website.

Support local and ecofriendly tour operators
Support local and ecofriendly tour operators
Southern Cardamom Mountains, Cambodia
Southern Cardamom Mountains, Cambodia
Aug 7, 2015

Promoting Cooperation Against Wildlife Trafficking

Billboard over a major highway in Cambodia
Billboard over a major highway in Cambodia

The Kouprey Express works to not only educate students about conservation issues, but also raise awareness in the general public. This dedicated team uses community workshops, PSA’s and billboards to inform the general public about wildlife laws. They also attend meetings between various entities to promote regional cooperation in Asia.

In July, our Mobile Environmental Education Project Manager, Amy Van Nice attended an Asia's Regional Response to Endangered Species Trafficking (ARREST) Partners' meeting in Thailand. This informative session provided valuable insight into the important work being done to combat wildlife trafficking in other Asian countries. Sponsored by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and in partnership with Freeland Foundation, ARREST works to promote regional cooperation and halt the illegal trafficking of endangered species.

The meeting resulted in greater cooperation with Thailand, and Thai Police plan to visit the Wildlife Rapid Rescue Team and the Southern Cardamom Forest Protection Program to learn more about our effective wildlife and timber trafficking methods. The Kouprey Express education team will also prepare to present at an outreach event for border communities to help train Thai staff, so that similar environmental education can be done in Thailand. The Partner’s meeting was a very productive session, and we look forward to working together to increase capacity building and coordination on wildlife trafficking operations and investigations.

This program also allows us to produce large scale public outreach efforts to address the supply and demand driving the illegal wildlife trade, as well as educate the public about the steps they can take to protect wildlife in Cambodia. One such effort is the installation of major billboard signs promoting an anti-wildlife trafficking message. In June, the Kouprey Express installed four large double-sided overhead billboard signs along key national highways. These signs make it clear to the public that obtaining wildlife products is illegal, as well as promotes our 24-hour nationwide wildlife rescue hotline for citizens to report wildlife crime. We would like to give a special thanks to Gowri Shankar, who kindly provided the images of the king cobra for the billboard.

Education is vital to ending the demand for illegal wildlife products, as well as promoting conservation in poor countries like Cambodia. Thank you for supporting this important project!

Staff engaging with the community
Staff engaging with the community
Mobilizing youth to protect wildlife
Mobilizing youth to protect wildlife

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