Equip Rangers to Protect Endangered Wildlife

 
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Wildlife Poacher Caught Shooting a Gibbon

Confiscating the Gibbon
Confiscating the Gibbon

Early in the morning on November 6th, 2013, forest rangers from the Koh Pao station were on patrol when they heard the distinctive sounds of gunshots being fired. The team immediately took action and drove aggressively toward the area of the forest where the shots originated. Upon arrival, the team discovered three gunmen fleeing the scene with a dead gibbon. In hot pursuit, they chased after the offenders. Two gunmen escaped into the dense forest, however the offender in possession of the dead gibbon was arrested and immediately taken to the station for questioning. Later that morning he was transferred to the local court, where he was charged with illegal wildlife trafficking and will be facing maximum sentencing for the killing of an endangered species.

With approximately only 35,000 individuals left in the wild, gibbon populations are on sharp decline due to hunting and habitat fragmentation. They are famous for the incredible calls that resonate through the forest. They vocalize in defense of their territory; however hunters often use these calls to pinpoint their location and capture them. This is the first dead gibbon the team has confiscated in years, and they were very lucky to catch the hunter in action.

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Chloe Lala-Katz

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New York, NY United States

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