Help Save Victimized Wildlife

Sep 7, 2012

Successful Elephant Rescue

Rescue Team
Rescue Team

Sakor, a 16 year old male elephant, installed himself along Koh Kong province’s main thoroughfare, Road 48, early this year causing snarls in traffic, destroying telephone poles, and infiltrating villages and plantations.  For several months plantation workers and villagers have taunted him and angry truck drivers have attempted to push him off the road.  One such incident in May resulted in a wound to his front leg and as recently as August 25, his presence on the road caused two cars to collide.  As the situation escalated in the spring and summer, officials worried that the elephant would be killed or people would be harmed or both.  At the end of May, the provincial governor of Koh Kong requested that the Forestry Administration, with the assistance of Wildlife Alliance, remove Sakor for his safety and the safety of the people living in the area.

After two failed rescue attempts in July and early August, information arrived on Saturday, August 25th that Sakor was once again causing problems on the road.  The patrol unit from Stung Proat Station – the station that has been monitoring the situation since January – was immediately dispatched to the site, where they secured an area around the elephant and fed him, keeping him calm until the rescue team could arrive.

Shortly thereafter, the rescue team, led by Forestry Administration veterinarian Nhim Thy and Wildlife Programs Director Nick Marx, arrived on scene and began the rescue process.  However, after successfully tranquilizing Sakor, he ran off into the forest before the anesthetic could take effect.  After tracking him down, it was determined that he was too far from the road for the truck and transport crate to reach him.  They were going to need more equipment.

First, a road needed to be created through the forest with a bulldozer.  After a bulldozer was found and the road smoothed, the path was still not passable as the ground was extremely wet, making it too muddy and treacherous for the truck to get through.  So the team secured an excavator that could lift the transport crate into the forest where Sakor could get inside, and then lift elephant and crate together back to the main road.  After four hours of slow, careful driving, the excavator emerged from the forest with the elephant in the crate.

On August 27th, the crate was lifted on to a truck and the team set off for Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center, which is to be Sakor’s new home.  He joins 5 other rescued Asian elephants who reside there, including Chhouk, the elephant with a prosthetic foot, whose previous rescue enclosure Sakor has now moved into.  After three long days and several false starts, Sakor is now safe and thriving at Phnom Tamao under the care of Wildlife Alliance’s animal husbandry specialists and veterinarians, all of whom have been providing full time care to the rescued elephants at Phnom Tamao since 2003.

But the process does not end here.  Sakor will need food, medicine, treatment and care for the long term and he will eventually need an enclosure of his own that suits his specific needs.  To help Wildlife Alliance care for Sakor, make a donation today.  Please visit our donation page and choose Care for Rescued Wildlife from the dropdown menu.

Jun 7, 2012

Wildlife Watch Cambodia iPhone App

Wildlife Alliance is pleased to announce the launch of our first iPhone app, Wildlife Watch Cambodia in conjunction with our partners: Trigger LLC, Jeff Corwin Connect, and TRAFFIC

Traveling to Cambodia?  Want to help stop illegal wildlife trafficking?  Interested in learning more about Southeast Asia’s incredible flora and fauna?  Download the Wildlife Watch app today!  

Wildlife Watch Cambodia provides people the opportunity to learn more about Southeast Asia’s heavily traded animal species through photos, background information, and English and local market names to help identify wildlife for sale.  Users can watch informational videos with Jeff Corwin and add animal pictures to the database.  It allows users to view and add to an interactive map of wildlife trafficking hotspots throughout the country, and also gives users the opportunity to join in the fight to stop the illegal wildlife trade through incident reports that are sent directly to our Wildlife Rapid Rescue Team.  The team can then take immediate action to stop traffickers and sellers of wildlife and wildlife parts.  Since 2001, Wildlife Alliance has been working tirelessly to end wildlife trafficking in Southeast Asia.  Help us win the fight.  Download the app today!

Visit the iTunes store to download.

Wildlife Alliance would like to express our extreme gratitude to Trigger LLC, Jeff Corwin Connect, and TRAFFIC for developing this much needed app.


Apr 11, 2012

Clinic for Baby Animals at Phnom Tamao

Chhouk with Nick Marx
Chhouk with Nick Marx

Our Care for Rescued Wildlife team does an incredible job of caring for the animals Wildlife Alliance rescues from the illegal wildlife trade – the most vulnerable of which are the babies, especially those that have lost their mothers or been separated from their family groups.  So far, our track record in nurturing baby animals is good – but it can be better.  Animals like Chhouk – who was just a baby and missing a leg when we found him in the forest – can survive and even thrive under the expert care of our team.  But the facilities we currently have are sorely lacking when one considers the level of care that is necessary to ensure the survival of these most defenseless victims of wildlife trafficking.  Watch the video below to see what Wildlife Alliance does to help these and all the animals at Phnom Tamao against great odds.


Feb 28, 2012

Wildlife Programs Annual Report 2011

Read the attached annual report to see all the amazing achievements by our animal husbandry specialists and wildlife rescue team this year as they work tirelessly to rescue, protect, and care for Cambodia's vulnerable and endangered wildlife.  2011 saw many successes - a new prosthesis for Chhouk, our male adolescent elephant missing a leg, countless births and updated enclosures, and over 4,500 life animals rescued from the wildlife trade.  We also had some setbacks like the outbreak of avian flu over the summer and the death of Sambo, a rogue bull elephant we had rescued.  We are looking forward, as always, to our new projects for 2012 including building a baby nursery, improving the enclosure for Pursat, the only hairy-nosed otter currently living in captivity, and initiating a conservation breeding program for the endangered Indochinese Tiger.  We are grateful for everyone's support and look forward to hearing from you in this new year!

Dec 8, 2011

Gibbon Update at Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Cente

On November 17, 2011, a baby gibbon was born in the rehabilitation area at Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center.  The baby was born to a recently introduced pair of gibbons, but the female was very nervous and not expected to breed.  Luckily, a healthy baby was born to her and she and her mate are now proud parents!

One of our main objectives with our Care for Rescued Wildlife program is to eventually reintroduce rescued animals to the wild.  Other than animals that will require lifetime care, any animals that can be successfully weaned from their dependence on and familiarity with humans are intended for release.  We have more than 60 gibbons at PTWRC, most of whom have been rescued, then hand-raised by humans and therefore unsuitable for release.  However, all baby gibbons born at PTWRC are mother-raised.  Other than the newest addition to our gibbon population, there are 3 other baby gibbons, 2 males and 1 female that have been mother-raised and therefore less accepting of humans.  We hope that within a year, a pair of these gibbons would be able to be taken to a release site to start the process of reintroduction.  They are currently wary of humans and kept in a 1 hectare (approx. 2.5 acre), well-treed enclosure where they are becoming more and more remote.  A successful release of a pair of gibbons would help us fulfill our ultimate goal of reintroduction of wildlife.

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Chloe Lala-Katz

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New York, NY United States

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