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.
Jul 14, 2015

Endangered Langurs Released into Angkor!

Released Langur at Angkor
Released Langur at Angkor

As part of the exciting expansion of the ambitious Angkor Release Project, a trio of Endangered silvered langurs were successfully released into the forest of Angkor Archaeological Park last December. They were first transferred to their release enclosure in Angkor Thom in mid July 2014, where they acclimated to their new surroundings for 5 months before the doors to their enclosure was opened. It took the male and one of the females fifteen minutes before they decided to leave. We were initially concerned they would leave the other female behind, however after another fifteen minutes she made her exit, and the two were waiting for her outside. So far, the langurs have stayed close to their release site and we continue to offer them supplemental food as they adjust to their new home in the wild!

The silvered langurs are the second set of animals that we have released into this protected forest. In December 2013, the Wildlife Release Project at Angkor Archaeological Park was initiated with the successful release of two endangered gibbons. This release project is a groundbreaking new endeavor between Wildlife Alliance, the Forestry Administration and the Apsara Authority that manages the World Heritage site, to repopulate the barren forest at Angkor Archaeological Park. The area is now well protected and we are extremely fortunate to be the ones with permission to start repopulating the forests with species that used to live here.

Listed by the IUCN as Endangered, silvered langurs are beautiful tree-dwelling monkeys that have long tails and a unique salt-and-pepper coat. Infants are born with a bright orange coat and only begin developing grey fur after three months. These incredible animals are endangered due to habitat loss, the illegal wildlife trade and use in traditional medicines. It is our hope that this monitored release program will help bolster their dwindling populations and safeguard their uncertain future. Guards have been stationed to protect the forest, and the langurs will continue to be monitored to ensure they thrive in their new home.

We want to thank you for your support and hope you will help Wildlife Alliance continue to be at the forefront of conservation and wildlife protection in the Southeast Asian tropical belt, by making a gift to the Angkor Release Project on Bonus Day this Wednesday. 

On July 15, GlobalGiving is offering donors a chance to increase their impact by matching every donation made to our project at 50%. Matching starts at 9AM EDT, and we hope you will take advantage of this great opportunity to give rescued and endangered wildlife a second chance at life in the wild! 

These long-tailed monkeys are listed as Endangered
These long-tailed monkeys are listed as Endangered
The incredible team behind the Angkor Project!
The incredible team behind the Angkor Project!
Jun 19, 2015

World Day to Combat Desertification - June 17

Degraded landscape
Degraded landscape

Desertification is one of the biggest environmental challenges we face, and yet most people do not fully understand it. In order to bring attention to this critical issue, the United Nations General Assembly declared June 17 the World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought. Desertification does not actually refer to the spread of current deserts, but rather the irreversible degradation of soil through human activities such as deforestation, unsustainable farming, mining and overgrazing. It occurs when trees and root systems that bind the soil are removed causing topsoil erosion, and when unsustainable farming practices severely deplete nutrients. The result is an infertile mix of dust and sand that transforms fragile ecosystems into barren deserts while displacing the communities that depend on the land.

Since 2001, Wildlife Alliance has preserved 1.7 million acres of forestland and planted over 730,000 trees. Through advocacy, reforestation and law enforcement, we work tirelessly to preserve remaining forest cover and reconnect the canopy in the Southern Cardamom Mountains for the people and animals that depend on it. Our Community Agriculture Development Project incorporates sustainable farming practices into its land management strategy to empower local people to earn an income that does not depend on stripping the forest of its resources. Through forest protection and sustainable land management, we are working with local communities to not only prevent desertification, but also alleviate poverty and prevent food and water shortages.

Thank you for your continued support, we hope you'll join us in celebrating World Day to Combat Desertification by making a gift to the rangers that work dilegently to protect the Southern Cardamom Forest from illegal logging.

Illegally clearned forest
Illegally clearned forest
Southern Cardamoms- 2M Acres our Rangers Protect
Southern Cardamoms- 2M Acres our Rangers Protect
Jun 10, 2015

WRRT Wins UN Enviromental Enforcement Award

The Wildlife Rapid Rescue Team
The Wildlife Rapid Rescue Team

Wildlife Alliance is proud to announce that the Wildlife Rapid Rescue Team (WRRT) has been selected as a winner of the United Nations Environment Program’s Asia Environmental Enforcement Award (AEEA). The award from the United Nations recognizes the WRRT’s excellent work in combating environmental crime in Cambodia. Wildlife Alliance hopes that this acknowledgement dedicated to raising awareness about wildlife crime, will highlight the urgent need for more support and action in order to end illegal trafficking of wildlife and wildlife parts.

The award ceremony took place on May 20, 2015 in Bangkok, Thailand, before the Asia-Pacific Roundtable on Environmental Rule of Law for Sustainable Development. Senior officials including Mr. Achim Steiner, Executive Director, UNEP, Dr. Shamshad Akhtar, Executive Secretary, ESCAP, Chief Justices and Environment Ministers in Asia participated in the Roundtable and presented the award to the winners of AEEA. In his opening statement, Achim Steiner, UNEP Executive Director and United Nations Under-Secretary-General said, "Environmental crime undermines sustainable development. It is not only a threat to species, to habitats and to ecosystems, but also to human health, livelihoods and national economies. Enforcement action and efforts need to be recognized and awarded."

Since 2001, the Wildlife Rapid Rescue Team, a wildlife crime investigation and counter-trafficking unit composed of government and non-government staff, have fought to curb the illegal and unsustainable wildlife trade in Southeast Asia. The WRRT conducts operations on roads, in restaurants, in forests and in known and suspected wildlife markets. The team travels around the country intercepting illegal shipments of wildlife, responding to tips from informants and anonymous sources, investigating known wildlife trade offenders for potential new offenses, and rescuing wildlife victimized by wildlife traders, or caught in human-wildlife conflicts. Since its launch, the WRRT has rescued over 60,000 victims from the wildlife trade, resulting in a 75% reduction in wildlife trafficking country-wide, and a 90% decrease in wildlife sales in Phnom Penh restaurants. Their tireless hard work has led to the arrest or fining of over 2,700 offenders. Without the constant surveillance of the WRRT, endangered species throughout Southeast Asia would have disappeared entirely.

We applaud the Wildlife Rapid Rescue Team for their accomplishments and commitment to ending the illegal wildlife trade. We would also like to thank all the generous supporters that believe firmly in this mission. Their incredible work would not be possible without your dedication and passion for wildlife protection.

The WRRT is a Forestry Administration law enforcement unit led by the Forestry Administration, in cooperation with the Military Police, with technical and financial support from Wildlife Alliance.

Rescued sun bear cub being kept as a pet
Rescued sun bear cub being kept as a pet
Since 2001, over 60,000 animals have been rescued
Since 2001, over 60,000 animals have been rescued

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