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.
Nov 12, 2013

Building a Home in Sovanna Baitong

Ket Thy and Pov Sean in front of their new home
Ket Thy and Pov Sean in front of their new home

Ket Thy and his wife, Pov Sean, originally lived in the forest of Preak Thanong in the Botum Sakor district of Koh Kong. Like other poor, landless migrant families, Ket Thy came to Koh Kong to clear forestland for subsistence crops and to poach wildlife for survival. However, this unsustainable lifestyle brought with it uncertainty, instability and isolation. With a growing desire for community and security, Ket Thy and his wife decided to join Wildlife Alliance’s Community Agriculture Development Project in Sovanna Baitong in 2004.

With help from Wildlife Alliance’s agricultural technicians, Ket Thy and Pov Sean have been able to cultivate their own land, growing vegetables for their own consumption as well as cash crops. They have come a long way since their slash-and-burn and hunting days, now using climate-smart techniques like drip irrigation and composting to improve productivity without degrading natural resources.

Ket Thy has managed to not only lift his family out of poverty, but has also been able to save a significant portion of their income. After three years of saving, Ket Thy and Pov Sean will be moving their family into a newly constructed house. They are among a growing number of families in the community that have now been able to make major home improvements. This is an exciting step for Ket Thy and his family, because the move represents not only a new dwelling, but a permanent home and future in the community of Sovanna Baitong.

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Using climate smart techniques to grow cash crops
Using climate smart techniques to grow cash crops
Oct 21, 2013

Exotic Pets Confiscated

Rescued Leopard Cat Kitten
Rescued Leopard Cat Kitten

The Wildlife Rapid Rescue Team (WRRT) recently responded to several calls via Wildlife Alliance’s 24 hour rescue hotline number reporting wildlife being kept as pets. The nationwide hotline number is an important tool for the WRRT as it allows the general public to provide information on wildlife crimes. Without these tips, it would be impossible for the team to conduct nearly as many raids and rescue operations. These particular calls resulted in the rescue of several animals that were kept in appalling conditions. In Phnom Penh, a python and young macaque were rescued, both suffering from injuries and malnutrition. The next day, the WRRT received information concerning two different residents of Prek Khmeng village that were illegally keeping a leopard cat kitten and a rare lesser adjutant. The team successfully confiscated both animals, and educated the owners about the consequences of illegally keeping wildlife. All the animals were taken to Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center (PTWRC), where they are being rehabilitated.

The Wildlife Rapid Rescue Team often comes in contact with residents that keep wildlife as pets. Due to lack of education and knowledge of laws governing wildlife, these animals are often kept in horrendous conditions, subjected to cramped spaces and poor diets. We also receive many donations of animals that have been kept as pets until the owners realize they cannot control a wild animal. Their misguided attempts to change the animal’s natural behavior often leads to mistreatment or confinement. However, due in part to Wildlife Alliance’s Anti-Trafficking Campaign, using billboards and Public Service Announcements, there has been a marked increase in the number of calls reporting on illegal wildlife activity by the general public. This shows that awareness about the wildlife trade is growing, and continued efforts must be made to educate the public on the issue. Help the WRRT prevent another wild animal from ending up a pet by making a donation today!

Macaque Kept in Appalling Conditions
Macaque Kept in Appalling Conditions
A Rare Lesser Adjutant
A Rare Lesser Adjutant
Oct 21, 2013

24 Tons of Rosewood and Luxury Timber Seized

Pulling Wood Out of the River
Pulling Wood Out of the River

On August 25th and September 28th, 2013 Wildlife Alliance patrol units halted two illegal shipments of rosewood in the middle of the rainforest, after intense pursuits on Sre Ambel River. Just before the traffickers escaped from their boats, they threw part of their precious shipment of timber overboard hoping to salvage some of their profits from an estimated value of $65,000.

On September 28th, an informant called a Wildlife Alliance officer at the Tatai patrol station informing him that a stock of rosewood was hidden in the Sre Ambel River after being illegally harvested from the rainforest that Wildlife Alliance is protecting. The Tatai team immediately went to search and found the stock immersed in the river, approximately 3 meters down. They found more than 6 tons of rosewood and 1.7 cubic meters of another luxury timber called Thnong. It took 2 days and the help of the Sre Ambel patrol unit to extract the timber from the water and transport it back to the station.

Four weeks prior, on August 25th at 3:00 am, 2 slow boats with 5.5 tons of rosewood were trying to pass silently in front of the Sre Ambel patrol station with engines off so as to not be noticed. But, because they are on duty at night, the patrol unit was on alert. The team immediately jumped into the patrol speed boat to chase the trafficker’s boats. The offenders started their engines to try to evade capture, but the patrol unit was faster. The offenders realized they were cornered and had no choice but to jump out of the boats and run into the rainforest. The timber was seized and transported to the patrol station. The total shipment amounted to 5.5 tons of rosewood, 9 cubic meters of thnong, and 5.5 cubic meters of other precious timber from the protected rainforest, a huge confiscation for the team.

Timber Confiscation
Timber Confiscation
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