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May 22, 2020

Local conservation efforts can have a global impact

As with the rest of the world, our education activities have been greatly affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Cambodia’s schools closed on March 16 and will not be reopening until the start of the next academic year in November and gatherings of over 5 people are not allowed. As such, all of the Kouprey Express’s usual activities have been suspended for now.

However, this global health crisis has highlighted the need for education and outreach about eating wildlife at an unprecedented level. Our team has turned to social media and are pushing a nationwide campaign to #StopEatingWildlife. Many of the devastating viruses in recent memories, such as SARS and Ebola, have originated in wildlife, similarly to Covid-19. We are hoping that our outreach and education efforts will reach people on a deeper level and will cause significant behavioral changes. This crisis has shown that even local conservation efforts can have an impact on a global scale. To stop future pandemics, we must #StopEatingWildlife.

Mar 20, 2020

Major shipment of suspected lion bones opened

A smuggled shipment of 281 kg (620 lbs) of suspected lion bones was seized in Cambodia after it was shipped from South Africa last year. Two Vietnamese nationals who claimed ownership of the shipment are in jail and are being investigated by the Cambodian customs.  Cambodia is a well known transit country in the illegal wildlife trade for products heading to Vietnam and China. It is suspected that the lion bones were intended to be transported to Vietnam where they are popular in traditional medicines. 

In 2016, more than 1.2 tons of elephant tusks, representing over 300 slaughtered elephants, was intercepted by Cambodian Customs on December 16th. It is well known that Cambodia is a transit country for ivory, however, this is only the second case of a shipment of big cat parts being seized in Cambodia. Tests to confirm the exact species of the bones are planning to be carried out. Wildlife Alliance is pleased to once again be working with our colleagues in Customs in another major Africa-Asia wildlife trafficking case.

Thank you for your support, which allows us to to crack down on Cambodia's growing role in the international wildlife trade. 

P.S. - Next week (March 23-27) is a GlobalGiving matching campaign and all donations up to $50 will be matched at 50%! We're currently raising funds to care for over 500 animals the Wildlife Rapid Rescue Team confiscated from the illegal wildlife trade. 

Jan 24, 2020

Inspiring Cambodia's next generation of environmentalists

The Kouprey Express, Wildlife Alliance's environmental education team, were busy last month inspiring Cambodia's next generation of environmentalists! A total of 223 teachers and students from Phnom Penh and Prey Veng province visited our Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center where they met animals that were rescued from the illegal wildlife trade, learned more about the hard work of our keepers, and gained a deeper appreciation for Cambodia's natural heritage. The team also raised awareness on wildlife and habitat protection through lessons to 180 students from Kampong Speu and Prey Veng provinces. Cambodia has a very young population (60% of people are under 30) so by establishing a culture of an appreciation for nature in the country's youth, we hope to effect long term change in conservation. We're proud to be working with Educational Life International Cambodia (Ltd), Hope Village, Development for Community Center, and Destiny Rescue Center Cambodia (DRCC) on these initiatives. 

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