Recent ranger patrols updates: Protect Pangolins in Cambodia by Equipping Rangers
Stung Proat Ranger Station:
July 5-8: Long patrol along Phnom Tagnoul Road. Rescued 3 civets, 2 turtles, 5kg of baby elephant bones that had been out there a long time, 8 pieces of krunyoung wood, 157 wildlife snares, 50kg of red deer meat, 3kg of wild buffalo bones, several wild pig prints, and also confiscated and burned two bicycles.
July 12: Confiscated a slowboat and engine along the Stung Proat River. Also seized a mother pangolin and baby that an offender was trying to cut out of a tree. The offender escaped on foot.
Sre Ambel Ranger Station:
July 8: Rescued 2 turtles after a pursuit on motorcycle with 2 offenders in the direction of Kamlot. Offenders discarded turtles in the pursuit which were then seized by the team and released in a safe place. The offenders escaped.
July 12: Confiscated 3 motorcycles carrying 0.5m3 krunyung luxury timber.
July 14: Confiscated wildlife 500 snares and traps in various locations.
July 18: Illegal logging activity continues, albeit sporadically, behind Ly Yong Phat Sugar Plantation. The team intercepted and seized 3m3 of timber that had been prepared by the loggers for transport by oxcart, which the team subsequently destroyed.
Kirirom Ranger Station:
August 2: Removed 22 wildlife snares in protected forest north of Ly Yong Phat area.
August 3: Rescued and released 3 monkeys in Tamkon Village near Road 48.
August 5: Rescued 4 birds in the evening along the road to the station in Ly Yong Phat’s area.
August 7: Confiscated one chainsaw and around 700kg of krunyoung wood.
Koh Pao Ranger Station:
August 2-8: Conducted 3 day patrols, 3 night ambushes, conducted follow-up on areas of previous concern. Confiscated 23 rope snares, 0.594m3 of sawn timber near Koh Kong speed boat port, and 29 Ta Oan trees. Seized a slow boat with engine and issued a non-reoffense contract. All evidence is being held at KP station.
Stung Proat Ranger Station:
August 2: Conducted a patrol acting upon information from an informant and the teams confiscated 3 chainsaws as a result.
August 6: Confiscated a motorcycle with three dead deer and seized a bag carrying a pangolin and two phones.near the Wildlife Alliance community agriculture and ecotourism projects.
August 7: Rescued a porcupine on the road to Chi Phat (a Wildlife Alliance ecotourism site) at dawn, which the team gave to Buntheoun (Wildlife Alliance’s wildlife biologist) to take to Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescued Center.
Stop the Titanium Mine in Cambodia's Elephant Corridor
Help Wildlife Alliance stop a titanium mine that would devastate Cambodia's largest population of wild elephants, level forests, and bury free-flowing rivers under effluent, jeopardizing ecologically sustainable development.
The Cardamom Mountains are a five-million acre rainforest home to Malayan sun bears, pileated gibbons, pangolins, Siamese crocodiles, and over half of Cambodia's bird species. DNA surveys reveal that the area is home to more than 100 wild Asian elephants, the country's largest population, and over 74 other endangered and vulnerable species, with many yet to be discovered.
This mine would be sited in the middle of the Southwest Elephant Corridor and have devastating effects on:
1. Cambodia's largest population of wild Asian elephants and Siamese crocodiles, royal turtles, pangolins, and other globally threatened species
2. Forest protection and reforestation programs that have made the Cardamoms the only large rainforest remaining in mainland Southeast Asia
3. Rivers and tributaries that are critically important to fisheries, agriculture, and drinking water
4. Globally recognized ecotourism programs that bring revenues and jobs to poor rural people while preserving the natural environment
5. Carbon credits that 'provide revenues for the community and the Royal Government of Cambodia
The Cardamom Mountains are on the verge of becoming globally recognized as a leader in conservation and community-based sustainable economic development. But if the government allows mining, for the sake of a few years of mineral extraction, Southwestern Cambodia would lose forever the forest, the elephant corridor, and the chance for a sustainable future for local communities. All that would be left would be a massive hole in the ground and surrounding ecological devastation.
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