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 20, 2013

Reforestation Manager Finds Solace in Work

Doem Seam
Doem Seam

Wildlife Alliance’s Tropical Reforestation Project in the Southern Cardamom Mountains employs 114 community members, providing them with a steady income and an alternative to slash-and-burn farming. One community member that has benefited from the program is Doem Seam, an energetic 60-year old widow, who has experienced great hardship in her life.

Doem Seam is originally from Kandal Province, but has been living in Koh Kong for over 40 years. She moved to the area in 1970 with her husband, however, great tragedy struck in 1975 when, in the middle of the night, Seam’s husband was violently taken away by Khmer Rouge cadres. During these difficult times, there was a shortage of medicine and widespread famine, and Seam lost five of her children to illness. She lives with her two surviving sons in Chi Phat. Even through these difficult times, Seam remained determined and strong. She supported her family by working as a police officer in Thmar Bang District in Koh Kong and after her retirement, she joined the Reforestation Project in 2007 as a manager.

Seam oversees the work of over 20 community staff members to maintain 733 hectares (1,811 acres) of reforested land. Her team works to enrich the soil, remove invasive weeds, and grow saplings in the nursery. Work at the reforestation site provides her with a sense of tranquility. She loves the forest, and finds that the trees soothe her mind and soul. Throughout the 80s and 90s, Seam witnessed massive destruction of the Southern Cardamoms by people and logging companies. She is happy to be part of a mission to help bring back this degraded land to its former splendor.

Help us continue to restore the Southern Cardamom Mountains and provide alternative livelihoods to community members like Doem Seam by making a gift this year.  taking part in our Matching Gift Challenge. Every gift made from now until December 31st will be matched 3-to-1. You donation will help us combat deforestation, watershed destruction, and continue to provide hundreds of families with alternative livelihoods.

A Dedicated and Organized Leader
A Dedicated and Organized Leader
Dec 20, 2013

Kouprey Express Trains Teachers at Newly Created Village

Teacher Training in Prek Smach
Teacher Training in Prek Smach

Last month, the Kouprey Express Mobile Environmental Education Unit provided flipchart training to ten teachers at Prek Smach primary school. The training gave the teachers the skills to better understand environmental issues in order to integrate the curriculum into future classes. Over the course of three days, the teachers learned about weather systems, sanitation and waste management, water, energy, biodiversity conservation and sustainable livelihood strategies. The training also provided the teachers with fun and interactive lessons to better engage their students. Afterwards, the Kouprey Express team demonstrated how to present these conservation lessons by teaching the students at the school. Developing teacher capacity is critical for the long-term success of our education initiatives, and helps integrate environmental concepts into core classroom lessons.

This was an especially important visit because this is a new village. The residents previously lived in Botum Sakor, but were evicted from their land by a Chinese company that was granted a concession to develop the peninsula. The villagers, who were previously fisherman, were relocated to the forest where they have no work opportunities or skills to survive without the ability to fish. Many have resorted to hunting and logging in order to survive. They acknowledge that what they are doing is illegal and that they do not want to engage in destructive practices but they have no alternative. This is symbolic of the situation in many rural areas, and one of the numerous reasons why the Kouprey Express’s outreach and support is needed.

Help the Kouprey Express increase awareness and combat wildlife trafficking and deforestation by making a gift today.

Fun and Interactive Lessons to Engage Students
Fun and Interactive Lessons to Engage Students
Dec 20, 2013

Endangered Gibbons Reintroduced into Angkor Forest

Saranik swinging free for the first time in Angkor
Saranik swinging free for the first time in Angkor

We are very excited to announce, that on Wednesday, December 12th a pair of endangered pileated gibbons was released into the forest of Angkor Archaeological Park.

Born to parents rescued from the illegal wildlife trade, the gibbon pair was mother-raised at Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center (PTWRC) and has been living in a rehabilitation enclosure with limited human presence for some time. They were transferred to their release enclosure in Angkor Thom in June where our wildlife rehabilitation staff monitored them as they acclimated to their new surroundings. The bonded pair has adjusted well and even duetted for the first time on July 4th. Baray, the male is active and playful with his partner, Saranik, who is much more reserved. Both animals are wary of people, which is good in an environment where tourists and other people are ever-present.

The reintroduction of gibbons is an exciting and vital step towards the conservation of this endangered species. With approximately only 35,000 individuals left in the wild, gibbon populations are on sharp decline due to hunting and habitat fragmentation. Gibbons in the wild require extensive territory and a male-and-female pair is monogamous for life. They are famous for their incredible calls which will now resonate again throughout Angkor Archaeological Park.

Angkor Thom in Siem Reap is a high-profile World Heritage Site and the indigenous wildlife in the area has largely been removed due to the illegal hunting that used to take place. This historic event marks the beginning of a new endeavor between Wildlife Alliance, the Forestry Administration and the Apsara Authority that manages the World Heritage site, to repopulate the barren forest surrounding the high-profile tourism destination. Release close to this most popular tourist site in Cambodia will also provide us with an opportunity to bring a message of conservation and wildlife protection to a wide-ranging international audience.

Guards have been stationed to safeguard the forest, and the pair will continue to be monitored to ensure they thrive in their new home. Click on the link below to watch the gibbons explore their new freedom and listen to Nick Marx, Wildlife Alliance's Director of Wildlife Programs, talk about the importance of this project.

While PTWRC is home to over 1,200 rescued animals, the priority for our Care for Rescued Wildlife Program is to continue developing and implementing rehabilitation and release programs for many of the animals we rescue. Help Wildlife Alliance continue to be at the forefront of conservation and wildlife protection in the Southeast Asian tropical belt by making a gift today!

The gibbon coming out of their enclosure together
The gibbon coming out of their enclosure together
Wildlife Programs Director, Nick Marx
Wildlife Programs Director, Nick Marx

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