While out on regular patrol, forest rangers from the Koh Pao station 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 went after 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.
After being examined for any injuries, the rescued pangolin was released that same evening into a suitable environment. Pangolins are peaceful animals that have recently been put on the IUCN Endangered Species List. They are rarely observed in the wild due to their secretive and solitary habits. Slow moving and lacking teeth, their primary defense is curling up into a ball, making them easy targets for poachers. Pangolins are hunted intensely for their meat and scales, and are also used in traditional medicine and as fashion accessories. The illegal trade is driving the pangolin to the brink of extinction. Help us protect pangolins and continue to make the Southern Cardamoms the best protected rainforest in Southeast Asia.
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