Hello from Cambodia!
It is busy here at the Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center! We have been hard at work fixing the enclosures in the quarantine area so that the animals are protected from the elements and can get healthy and hopefully be returned back to the wild!
Attached are pictures of the roofs that are starting to fall apart due to the extreme weather in Cambodia.
As always, thank you so much for your support! If you are interested in continuing your support, this Wednesday, June 16th is GlobalGiving's Matching Day, where they will match every gift 50% for up to $1,000!
Wildlife Rescue Director
As I am sure many of you already know, Wildlife Alliance is a finalist in Global Giving's photo contest! The winner of the contest will win $1,000 and be highlighted on Global Giving's homepage on bonus day, June 16.
Wildlife Alliance's photo is of Chhouk and Lucky enjoying a swim. Recently Chhouk developed an abscess on his leg due to wearing a small prosthesis while his new “shoe” was being repaired. Chhouk is being treated and doing well. Chhouk is a growing boy and he continues to outgrow his prosthetic foot in addition to the wear and tear you can imagine an elephant would put on it! To ensure that Chhouk will have a properly fitting shoe as he grows, we appreciate continued support from generous people such as you.
Photo Contest Rules:
* Voting is open to anyone on Facebook and individuals can vote by clicking "like" on the photo that they want to support.
* Each person can only vote for each photo one time, but can vote for as many photos as they would like to support.
* The photo with the most "likes" overall wins the $1,000 cash prize and is featured on the GlobalGiving homepage on bonus day, June 16. The photo with the most "likes" in the remaining four regions will each be featured for one day on the GlobalGiving homepage and will be highlighted in the GlobalGiving's social media efforts.
* Voting runs through Friday, 11 June at 5pm EST.
Thank you for all of your support!
The Wildlife Alliance Team
My latest newsletter on Wildlife Alliance's Care for Rescued Wildlife program is now available and attached below.
Thank you again for all of your support!
At the end of last month, Wildlife Alliance and its Wildlife Rapid Rescue Team helped intercept a truck holding 126 endangered turtles! Please read the attached article about the great work of the rangers and the lucky turtles that will recuperate at the Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center and be quickly released back into the wild.
Remember to vote in support of Wildlife Alliance in Global Giving's photo contest!
According to the Wildlife Alliance more than 90 percent of primate species in Cambodia are at risk for extinction. Thousands of them are sold every year as pets, for food or for use in medical experiments. The widespread destruction of the primate's natural habitat, mostly by illegal logging, is also reducing their numbers.
Cambodia's tropical forests are home to 10 known species of primates, including monkeys, gibbons and long-tailed macaques.
During Cambodia's long years of civil war the country's forests were often out of bounds to poachers and loggers. This enabled the primate population to flourish.
But in recent years the number of primates in Cambodia has fallen sharply as thousands are poached each year, mainly for sale in the illegal wildlife trade.
Roth Bunthoeun is the head biologist at the Cambodian government's Forestry Administration.
"Most species of primates are facing big problems in Cambodia now. They're being heavily hunted. In the old days people used to go and set snares just to catch tigers and bears. But now that those species are becoming harder to find, more and more people are going into the forests to hunt primates."
Nick Marx is the manager of Wildlife Alliance's Primate Rescue Programme in Cambodia. He says the illegal wildlife trade is making local primates' lives very difficult.
"They're eaten in certain countries, including Cambodia. They're also used for experiments—long-tailed macaques are used in experiments in the west. There's a trade for them there. Pirated gibbons, adults will be shot, and the babies will be taken and used as pets, sold as pets. The illegal wildlife trade is decimating populations of all species and is extremely cruel."
In 2000 the Wildlife Alliance in partnership with the Cambodian government set up the Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Centre to rescue and rehabilitate primates and other endangered animals.
Covering an area of more than 2,200 hectares, the rescue center cares for more than 1,000 victims of the illegal wildlife trade, including Asian elephants and other threatened species like Asian tiger.
The center also runs Cambodia's only dedicated primate rescue and rehabilitation program which currently cares for more than 400 primates.
On arrival, the primates are kept in quarantine for 40 days to make sure that they are disease-free before they mingle with other animals. But the main aim is to prepare the animals for their re-release into the wild.
The Phnom Tamao rescue center has reintroduced more than three thousand primates since it opened in 2000. But Marx says with thousands more being depleted every year, it's an uphill battle.
"The situation for all wildlife, including primates, is becoming serious with deforestation and with trade, with expanding human populations. And it depends on how strongly governments and conservation organizations work as to whether they're successful in conserving primates and other species."
For CRI, I am Li Dong.
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