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.
May 11, 2015

Rare Douc Langur Released into Protected Forest

Depressed and Refusing Food
Depressed and Refusing Food

A concerned Ratanakiri resident contacted the Wildlife Rapid Rescue Team (WRRT) regarding a wild black-shanked douc langur that had recently been captured by a trader. The kind resident found the langur in a market and purchased it in order to ensure that it would no longer be harmed and then contacted the WRRT via their 24-hour wildlife rescue hotline. The team found the dejected-looking animal tied and refusing all food. Langurs are sensitive leaf-eating monkeys and require specialized care in captivity. After explaining the situation to the owner, and examining the animal’s health, the team felt confident the langur was suitable for release. The team also gathered information on the trader, and explained the importance of contacting the WRRT instead of purchasing the animal to ensure it isn't replaced.

The following day, the WRRT released the animal into protected forest in Kep Seima District of Mondulkiri Province. The area is already home to a group of wild douc langurs that the team hopes the released langur will join. As soon as he was released, his spirits revived and he immediately began happily feeding on the leaves in the trees!

Last quarter, the WRRT conducted 196 operations, rescued 514 animals and released 275 animals back into the wild. Help the team continue to save animals, educate the public about wildlife laws and rescue threatened primates from illegal trafficking by making a gift today! 

Rescued from a poacher trying to sell him
Rescued from a poacher trying to sell him
Rescued by a villager
Rescued by a villager
Happy to be back in the wild
Happy to be back in the wild
Once free, he began feeding immediately
Once free, he began feeding immediately
May 11, 2015

Environmental Education Week

Using interactive games to get kids interested!
Using interactive games to get kids interested!

Last month, we celebrated Environmental Education Week from April 19-25. Every year, in conjunction with Earth Day, Environmental Education Week aims to inspire environmental learning and stewardship in younger audiences. Environmental education is often most lacking in underserved communities where there is already poor educational infrastructure. This is especially true in a poverty stricken nation like Cambodia where only 40% of children enroll in secondary school and a lack of resources and funding has resulted in a shortage of teaching material and training. Wildlife Alliance’s Mobile Environmental Education Unit, the Kouprey Express (KE) strives to fill that gap. This mobile team travels around Cambodia providing engaging, interactive environmental education and material to students, teachers and communities.

So far this year, 60 teachers and community members received teacher training lessons, 613 students learned about conservation, wildlife protection and deforestation through classroom lessons, 428 students, community members, and teachers went on a field trip to Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center (PTWRC) to meet rescued animals, and 6,120 individuals attended outreach events and Community Night Shows where they received KE’s conservation message. Since 2004, the Kouprey Express has provided environmental and wildlife education to over 46,000 children and teachers and over 110,000 community members. This dedicated team not only works to inspire forest and wildlife protection, but also teaches communities about hygiene, waste management, pollution and other detrimental issues facing developing nations.

Thank you for your support, and for helping the Kouprey Express educate and inspire wildlife conservation in Cambodia!

Kids excited to see the rescued animals at PTWRC
Kids excited to see the rescued animals at PTWRC
Thank you!
Thank you!
May 11, 2015

Celebrating International Women's Day

Thank you!
Thank you!

We would like to extend a special thank you to all the amazing donors that helped fund our campaign to empower Cambodian women for the environment. Thanks to your generosity and kindness, we will be able to provide these dedicated women with the resources they need to help improve their lives and the natural environment around them. We raised close to $1,300, which will provide them with the supplies and tools they need to continue their bi-monthly meetings.

On March 8th, we also celebrated the 104th International Women’s Day. Wildlife Alliance promotes gender equality in all our efforts as it also aligns with our mission to promote sustainable development. We understand that women are powerful agents of change in communities. They play the primary role in food production, healthcare, household nutrition, and have specific knowledge about the natural resources they depend upon for providing for their families.

Our field programs work with women to help them increase their earning power, and give them a voice in the community. At our Community-Based Ecotourism Project in Chi Phat, the most successful guest houses in this community are run by women. In the rural Cambodian village of Sovanna Baitong, where Wildlife Alliance’s Community Agriculture Development Project is located, women hold the majority of the leadership positions in the community. Of the 10 senior positions on the Agriculture Association – the body of community members that manages life in the village – 7 are held by women. This is quite remarkable, as according to the Cambodian National Institute of Statistics, the national average for women in managerial positions is only 9%. Women in Sovanna Baitong run groups like the Marketing Group, which sets prices for village goods in local markets; the Credit Group, which manages the Community Fund and loans to villagers; and the Education Group, which oversees educational facilities and curricula in the community. The Tropical Reforestation Project, which aims to reconnect fragmented forest cover in the Southern Cardamom Mountains, employs primarily women workers to work in our nursery and care for the saplings year-round. Not only do these women pay it forward by empowering their daughters and family members, but the pool of people committed to resource conservation is enlarged, children are raised with a conservation ethic, and a sustainable green economy is also realized.

Join us in congratulating these remarkable women for the vital work they do for their families, their communities and the environment. And thank you again for your generous donation, and for helping us empower communities to protect forests and wildlife.

Striving to achieve equality
Striving to achieve equality
Women leaders of the Agriculture Association
Women leaders of the Agriculture Association
Meeting at the Women
Meeting at the Women's Committee
Empowering women, empowers communities.
Empowering women, empowers communities.

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