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.
Mar 5, 2014

Kouprey Express Partnership with Peace Corps was a Huge Success

Open with Fun Activities to Get Students Involved
Open with Fun Activities to Get Students Involved

On January 23rd, the Kouprey Express Mobile Environmental Education Unit (KE) was invited by the Peace Corps to visit Tani village in Kampot, Cambodia to conduct a classroom lesson for high school students and a Community Night Show (CNS) that same evening.The event was such a success, that the Peace Corps volunteers have already asked the team to come back in May to do the same activities at their female empowerment summer camp.

As the classroom lesson began, the KE team divided the students into two groups to discuss the benefits of forests and wildlife. After this brainstorming session, the team conducted their presentation, gave out t-shirts and played a boisterous round of games that included face painting. The students that attended were very enthusiastic, and they even emailed the team after the lesson asking about planting trees in their community.

After the lesson at the school, the Kouprey Express team began to set up for the Community Night Show at the nearby Angkor Chey pagoda. The Peace Corps volunteers had done such a good job advertising the event that when the team arrived at the pagoda, a slew of food vendors were already set up – a really good sign. The event eventually drew an audience of over 500! Feedback from the Peace Corps volunteers was overwhelmingly positive; they said that the villagers not only really enjoyed the event but also felt they had learned many things about wildlife, what is happening in Cambodia, and what they can do to help. These outreach events educate Cambodian citizens so that they can make informed decisions about their natural resources. Furthermore, the event’s success was highlighted on their Facebook page and as a result the Kouprey Express team has been approached by several new communities. They now have four new commitments in Kampot, Koh Kong, Kompong Thom, and Kompong Cham for March, April and May!

Help the Kouprey Express continue to raise awareness, empower communities and create grassroots support for wildlife and forest conservation all over Cambodia!

An Overwhelmingly Positive Response to the CNS
An Overwhelmingly Positive Response to the CNS
Feb 12, 2014

The Slow Loris: Earth's only Venomous Primate

They have human-like hands with an opposable thumb
They have human-like hands with an opposable thumb

Slow lorises are primates native to South and Southeast Asia. There are five species of slow loris but the Sunda slow loris (Nycticebus coucang) and the pygmy slow loris (Nycticebus pygmaeus) are the ones most often found in Cambodia. The slow loris has a round head with short ears and large, forward-facing eyes, which reflect light, giving off a brilliant orange-red “eyeshine” at night. These shy nocturnal animals live in trees, and are the only existing venomous primate. They produce a toxin in glands located on their elbows, which when mixed with their saliva, produces a toxic bite. Omnivorous creatures, slow lorises feed on fruit, tree gum, insects, eggs, lizards, birds, and even small mammals. While they may look slow, they are actually capable of short bursts of speed, often springing forward to catch insects with both hands.

The primate, whose big eyes and timid demeanor has garnered it internet fame and media attention, is now threatened with extinction as they become increasingly popular as pets. Listed by the IUCN Red List as Vulnerable, their populations are expected to decline another 30% in the next 22 years. When captured by poachers and traders, they are often stuffed in crowded cages and exposed to hours of daylight; their teeth are painfully clipped off using nail cutters, a procedure that more than 90% of the time leads to infection and death. Used as medicine, their bodies are then spread into a crucifiction position and smoked. Wildlife Alliance’s Wildlife Rapid Rescue Team (WRRT) has confiscated and rescued hundreds of these small mammals from markets where they are sold as either pets or traditional medicine.

At Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center (PTWRC), Wildlife Alliance cares for 16 slow lorises, all of which were rescued from the illegal wildlife trade. $2,000 will provide these sensitive primates with a year’s supply of food, fresh water and medical treatment.Your gift will ensure they receive the proper care they need to not only recover, but thrive so that one day they may be fit for release. Help us raise $2,000 to protect Earth’s only venomous primate. Donate this Bonus Day and make your gift go even further!

Dec 20, 2013

WRRT Confiscates 1,054 Python Gallbladders

Python Gallbladders Found
Python Gallbladders Found

Recently, Wildlife Alliance’s Wildlife Rapid Rescue Team raided a house based on information provided by an informant, and found a staggering amount of python gallbladders (1,054) and 158 kilograms of python fat.

The trader was operating a wedding equipment hire business on the ground floor as a front for the python processing factory upstairs. This location had previously been targeted by the team, however no wildlife was found at the time. After extensive surveillance, the team identified the best time to conduct the raid resulting in Thursday’s successful operation.

The trader is being sent to the Kandal provincial court and is charged based on Article 96 of the Forestry Law for the amount of $12,500 USD. Help the WRRT in their efforts to end illegal wildlife trafficking by making a donation today! 

Trader Charged with Wildlife Trafficking
Trader Charged with Wildlife Trafficking
150 lbs of Python Meat and 346 lbs of Fat
150 lbs of Python Meat and 346 lbs of Fat
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