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 11, 2014

Rangers Rescue Sun Bear Cub

Sun bear cub found in blue box
Sun bear cub found in blue box

On October 20, 2014, the Tatai Patrol Station in the Southern Cardamoms received a phone call from an informant about a sun bear cub that was being held captive in an area 70 km north of Koh Kong Town. The team left immediately to rescue the bear and called upon the Koh Pao Patrol unit for assistance. When the rangers arrived, they surrounded the house and asked the owner for permission to check the property. The owner agreed, and a full search was conducted, but no bear was found. The rangers decided to search a nearby hut, where they located a blue container. Inside the blue container was a tiny bear cub, no more than 6 months old! Unfortunately, the owner of the hut was nowhere to be found, and neighbors informed the rangers that he only visited the property occasionally. The rangers will continue to investigate the matter in order to identify and arrest the hunter. The bear was taken back to the station, and was transferred the next day to Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center for care.

Sun bears and other Asian bear species are being brutally targeted by poachers in Cambodia for their body parts which are used in traditional medicine. Because of this active trade in bears and bear parts, their populations - especially in Southeast Asia - have been decimated. The demand for bear parts on the international black market is high and poachers and traffickers can fetch a high price for paws, bile, and gallbladders. Adult bears are poached for their paws - considered a delicacy in soup. Cubs are torn from their mothers and sold into the pet trade. When they get bigger they end up imprisoned in tiny cages or sold to bile farms in Vietnam. Bear "farms" keep the bears caged and alive, while their gall bladder and bile is harvested and sold as traditional medicine.

Help our Forest Protection Program put an end to bear trafficking and continue to rescue animals by making a gift today!

Rangers searching hut, where they noticed the bin
Rangers searching hut, where they noticed the bin
Tatai station with rescued cub
Tatai station with rescued cub
Dec 2, 2014

Motorcycle Chase Ends in Pangolin Rescue

Rescued Pangolin
Rescued Pangolin

While out on regular patrol, Wildlife Alliance forest rangers operating in Koh Kong province in southwestern Cambodia, combed through the Southern Cardamom Rainforest, dismantling illegal houses and stopping suspicious vehicles. When one such vehicle heading towards Koh Kong Town refused to pull over, the unit reacted quickly and pursued the suspected traffickers.

After a dramatic motorcycle chase, the suspects were trapped by incoming rangers. Instead of surrendering themselves, they dropped their motorcycle and took to the bushes on foot. The unit responded swiftly, and within minutes the suspects were captured and handcuffed. After a quick search of their vehicle, it was found that the offenders were in possession of a live pangolin. The offenders were taken to Koh Kong Town, where they were charged with wildlife trafficking and are awaiting trial.

Very little information is available about pangolins in the wild as they are rarely observed due to their secretive, solitary, and nocturnal habits. They are also very hard to care for in captivity due to their sensitive natures, and little research or evidence exists on their survival rates post-release. There are no standard release protocols for pangolins – a situation we hope to address with our new pangolin release project. A new pangolin release enclosure has just been constructed at Wildlife Alliance’s Wildlife Rehabilitation Station and we have fitted a few suitable pangolins with state-of-the-art transmitters that will allow for close monitoring post-release. After an acclimation period in their enclosure, the pangolins will be released and we will be able to start collecting data on their behavior and on our strategies and protocols that will support their long-term survival.

Help us save the most traffcked mammal in the world this #GivingTuesday! Your gift will help rangers rescue more pangolins, conduct vehicle checkpoints, remove traps and stop poachers. Thank you for your continued support, we have only 38 days to raise $1,797, and need your help to reach our goal and prevent this shy and gentle species from disappearing forever!

Help save the pangolin before it
Help save the pangolin before it's too late!
Nov 14, 2014

Empower Women for the Environment

Women of Sovanna Baitong
Women of Sovanna Baitong

Why Invest in Women? According to USAID, programs that provide women opportunities to better their well-being, education and health, have effects beyond a single individual. The impact of an investment made in a woman is multiplied as she extends benefits to the world around her, and creates a better life for her family and community. Globally, women make up 43% of the agricultural labor force. However, they are less likely to own land, and own smaller amounts of land when they do. But when women have the same amount of land as men, there is an increase of over 10% in crop yield. By helping a woman achieve financial independence, you’re making it possible for her voice to be heard. She can now make better decisions for her family, and give her daughters the opportunities she never had to finish school and get married when they are ready. Her knowledge and confidence will enable her to enact social change and better the future for her entire community and country.

Women are powerful agents of change in communities. They also 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. Yet, when it comes to decision making and policy change, women are consistently underrepresented. Strategies to promote sustainable resource management continue to marginalize the role women play on the environment. At Wildlife Alliance, we understand that when women are empowered, the pool of people committed to resource conservation is enlarged, children are raised with a conservation ethic, and a sustainable green economy can be fully realized.

In 2013, the women of Sovanna Baitong banded together to take charge of their own lives and make their own contribution to the protection of their environment. They created a Women’s Committee to empower women and advocate for gender equality. The Committee aims to improve the lives of women by providing leadership training and promoting entrepreneurial initiatives that will lead to financial independence. Of the 689 women in Sovanna Baitong, 35 women manage small businesses. This year, 30 other women have applied for micro-loans from the community fund to initiate new green businesses. During their Committee meetings, the women learn valuable lessons in budgeting, business management, and women’s health and rights. In turn, they can better manage their loans and work to expand their businesses, and hire and employ more women. They are working together to create a support system and social framework necessary to succeed, and right now we can help them make their dreams a reality. Help fund our microproject to suppport the Women's Committee in Sovanna Baitong! Your gift will help the women start green businesses, increase their earning power and give them a voice in the community.

Women working together and sharing knowledge
Women working together and sharing knowledge
Meeting at the Women
Meeting at the Women's Committee

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