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.
Dec 15, 2011

A New Home in Sovanna Baitong

Lot 99, located in Phase I of the Sovanna Baitong village, home to our Community Agriculture Development Project, is a constantly buzzing family farm.  Husband and wife, Pok Yut and Tean Sokha, moved to Sovanna Baitong in 2004, just at Phase I was getting up and running.  Their plot has a variety of crops growing throughout all three growing cycles.  October and November constitute the first two months of Cycle 1, a four-month long growing cycle during the dry season.  This year, Yut and Sokha planted sweet potato, long beans, cucumber, wax gourd, and rice.  Through their harvest as well as the sale of some chickens, their income was more than $200 in just two months.  The goal income per family per month is set at $40—Yut and Sokha have surpassed that, despite the poorer growing conditions in the dry season. 

They have been dedicated farmers from the outset but, more importantly they have always had a dream for their family of seven—to build a big to live in.  When they came to Sovanna Baitong, they brought their small chamka (traditional hut made of wood and aluminum) and set it up on the 1.5 hectares of land provided to them through the project.  Year and after year, they saved a portion of their income from the sale of produce and other agricultural products from their farm.  In 2011, they were finally able to realize their dream and recently completed construction on their big house.  Their original chamka remains a fixture on their plot—a constant reminder of what they have been able to achieve since leaving the forest and becoming sustainable, family farmers in Sovanna Baitong.

Three of their five children still attend school.  Sokha is an active member of the Education Service Group of the Community Agriculture Association.  The choice they made to come to Sovanna Baitong and the hard work they have put in since their arrival has resulted in the support of and involvement in their community, a better life for their family, and a better future for their children.

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Dec 8, 2011

Gibbon Update at Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Cente

On November 17, 2011, a baby gibbon was born in the rehabilitation area at Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center.  The baby was born to a recently introduced pair of gibbons, but the female was very nervous and not expected to breed.  Luckily, a healthy baby was born to her and she and her mate are now proud parents!

One of our main objectives with our Care for Rescued Wildlife program is to eventually reintroduce rescued animals to the wild.  Other than animals that will require lifetime care, any animals that can be successfully weaned from their dependence on and familiarity with humans are intended for release.  We have more than 60 gibbons at PTWRC, most of whom have been rescued, then hand-raised by humans and therefore unsuitable for release.  However, all baby gibbons born at PTWRC are mother-raised.  Other than the newest addition to our gibbon population, there are 3 other baby gibbons, 2 males and 1 female that have been mother-raised and therefore less accepting of humans.  We hope that within a year, a pair of these gibbons would be able to be taken to a release site to start the process of reintroduction.  They are currently wary of humans and kept in a 1 hectare (approx. 2.5 acre), well-treed enclosure where they are becoming more and more remote.  A successful release of a pair of gibbons would help us fulfill our ultimate goal of reintroduction of wildlife.

Dec 8, 2011

CBET Shines at Ecotourism Conference

Wildlife Alliance attended the 3rd World Ecotourism Conference in Sihanoukville, Cambodia at the beginning of this month.  With its focus on “Charting the Future of Ecotourism in Asia,” it was a perfect opportunity to showcase our community-based ecotourism projects in Chi Phat and Trapeang Roung.  The event attracted over 300 government officials, tourism ministers, ecotourism specialists, and business.  Cambodia’s growing emphasis on ecotourism and Chi Phat’s current status as the #1 ecotourism destination the country, the conference served as an incredible referendum on the work we’ve been doing there.

During a session on “Local Community Challenges & Success Stories,” Wildlife Alliance CEO Suwanna Gauntlett gave a very well-received and well-attended presentation on how to develop attractive, sustainable and successful community ecotourism projects.  With the opening of the Trapeang Roung site just this summer, Wildlife Alliance continues to be a standard bearer on the burgeoning ecotourism scene in Cambodia.  While Suwanna presented our philosophy, project manager Harold de Martimprey and the CBET committees from both Chi Phat and Trapeang Roung prepared and manned a booth in the exhibition hall.  With the support of Wildlife Alliance, they were able to present their products to an international audience and continue to spread the word to an already-increasing number of tourists.  We were also able to reveal our newly redesigned ecotourism website.  Check it out at www.ecoadventurecambodia.com and come visit us soon!

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