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Nov 19, 2019

Sun bear with missing paw from snare rescued

October 18, 2019 - morning

Our wildlife trafficking team, the Wildlife Rapid Rescue Team (WRRT), rescued a badly injured sun bear cub, missing a paw, in Steung Treng province, in the northeast of Cambodia. After receiving a tip off, they left yesterday evening and drove all night to rescue the injured cub, finally rescuing it this morning.
They are now safely on their long way back to Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Centre, where they will hand it over to Free the Bears for further care. 


October 18, 2019 - evening

The Wildlife Rapid Rescue Team (WRRT) successfully arrived at Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center (PTWRC) where the bear will be treated by Free the Bears. The tiny sun bear weighs just 5 kg (11 lbs) immediately received veterinary care for her horrific snare injury that has severed her paw.


October 25, 2019 update

X-rays revealed that an infection from the snare injury spread to the bones remaining in her paw, requiring partial amputation. After surgery, she is doing well. Her stitches are secure, she does not have much swelling, and she is growing stronger and feistier, a good sign! Follow Free the Bears for further updates on this bear’s recovery as they care for her at Phnom Tamao.

Nov 12, 2019

Students meet animals rescued from the illegal wildlife trade

Ms. Eang is a student at Baray High School in Kompong Thom province and is part of the US Embassy’s Access program. The program provides talented teens from economically disadvantaged backgrounds English language foundations to help them secure better jobs. The Kouprey Express (Wildlife Alliance’s environmental education program) visited the Access program students at their school and taught them the importance of protecting Cambodia’s forests and wildlife. After the classroom lessons, Ms. Eang and her classmates were brought on a field trip by the Kouprey Express to Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center where they learned more about wildlife and met animals that were victims of the wildlife trade that had been rescued by Wildlife Alliance. Watch this video of Ms. Eang explaining how vital it is to not only protect wildlife and forests but that we must all work together now for conservation.

It is with your help that we are able to bring students to meet wildlife first hand at the rescue center. Thank you!


Oct 31, 2019

Keeping animals at our rescue center happy and healthy

One of the challenges of caring for over 1,200 animals at Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center is ensuring that the animals stay healthy, not just physically but mentally. Our wildlife care team is regularly devising new techniques to keep the animals entertained int their enclosures through stimulating their senses and recreating natural behaviors. Sometimes, however, the animals create their own forms of enrichment! Such was the case with one of the smooth-coated otters (Lutrogale perspicillata), Jimmy, who discovered the joys of playing with the water jet in in her pond!

Our elephant care team also recently just finished erecting an elephant proof tire tower for Lucky and Chhouk. The tower is durable enough to sustain the eager pachyderms’ bashing (although damage and destruction is to be expected with elephants) and can also be used to hide treats inside. The tower has proven to be a favorite of the other two elephants at the center, Sakor and Chamrouen, so the keepers installed a new one in the second elephant enclosure.


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