Wildlife Alliance

Wildlife Alliance is the leader in direct protection to forests and wildlife in the Southeast Asian tropical belt. Our mission is to combat deforestation, extinction, climate change, and poverty by partnering with local communities and governments.
May 20, 2014

22 Logs of Luxury Timber Seized

22 Logs of Illegal Timber Confiscated
22 Logs of Illegal Timber Confiscated

 On April 10, 2014, an undercover operation conducted by Wildlife Alliance’s forest patrol unit led to the confiscation of 22 logs of luxury timber. For three days, the Assistant Supervisor of Sre Ambel Station posed as a timber trader to gain insider information on an upcoming shipment of illegal timber. While following an intermediary trader, he discovered the stash of illegal timber ready to be transported. He immediately called the Station Supervisor, and the patrol team arrived late at night, just as the drivers began to haul the timber away. The offenders did everything they could to prevent the patrol team from confiscating the illegal timber. To intimidate the officers, the traders opened fire at the patrol unit, and a shoot-out ensued in the darkness. However, the team persevered and was able to confiscate the two trucks containing the illegal wood and drove the evidence back to the station. The team pursued the traders but was unable to catch them as they were heavily armed and able to slip into the forest cover.

The Southern Cardamom Forest Protection Program forest rangers work day and night, risking their lives to protect the forest. Last year alone, the rangers removed 13,474 snares, confiscated 8,369 cubic feet of illegal timber and rescued 448 animals. Right now, the team is in urgent need of a new vehicle in order to continue their operations. The truck, which would cost $30,000, would allow them to continue to patrol over the 1.7 million acres of forest in the Southern Cardamoms. Help these rangers continue to protect the Southern Cardamom Mountain Range and its wildlife!

Last year rangers confiscated 8,369 ft3 of timber
Last year rangers confiscated 8,369 ft3 of timber
May 20, 2014

Hundreds of Wild Birds Confiscated

Special Focus on Wild Meat
Special Focus on Wild Meat

Last quarter, the WRRT scoured the Cambodian province of Battambang, raiding restaurants, markets and roads in order to bring offenders to justice.

The operation concentrated on eight main target areas including one restaurant, four markets, two roadside areas, and one bridge. These particular locations were raided several times by the WRRT over the course of three days. As a result, 950 wild birds were seized including purple herons, cotton pygmy geese, yellow bitterns, painted storks and many, many more. Seventeen non-repeat offender contracts were issued during the operation. All offenders were given education sessions and information about illegal wildlife trading in order to prevent future offences. Traders also received warnings from the WRRT about the consequences of re-offending in the future.

Recently, the WRRT has placed special focus on conducting more sophisticated, intensive, and proactive investigations and operations. This operation was developed with a specific law enforcement plan, spanned an entire province, and included several target locations that were raided multiple times in a short period in order to undermine a trafficking network. It demonstrated the increasing success that the WRRT is experiencing with these more sophisticated and comprehensive operations. Because the WRRT has succeeded in disrupting the illegal wildlife trade in Cambodia by approximately 75%, those that are still trading have been driven even further underground and using even more sophisticated means to conduct their criminal enterprises. This means, that the WRRT must remain vigilant, and must constantly improve its techniques and approaches. Help the WRRTcontinue to dismantle trafficking networks and further deter the devastating illegal wildlife trade in Cambodia!

The team targeted markets all over the province.
The team targeted markets all over the province.
May 20, 2014

Community Rangers Protecting Released Animals

Community members that patrol the forest.
Community members that patrol the forest.

The ultimate goal for every animal under our care is reintroduction back into the wild. Hundreds of animals have been rehabilitated at our Wildlife Rehabilitation Station inside the protected forest of the Southern Cardamoms. Here, the animals are kept in large forested enclosures and provided with expert care until they are ready to be released into the wild. The program has seen remarkable success, but as the forested area has become increasingly populated with native species, it has also become increasingly targeted by poachers. To address this vulnerability, community rangers from the nearby village of Chi Phat have been recruited to provide additional protection. Groups of 3-4 rangers patrol the forest for 5-6 days at a time, removing snares and deterring wildlife traffickers. Managed by the Community-Based Ecotourism Project in Chi Phat, the Community Ranger program serves as an extra layer of protection for current and future wildlife in the area, while generating additional employment opportunities for local villagers. The program has also helped villagers find value in the protection of their natural heritage, not only as it directly supports their families, but as it bolsters the ecotourism program as a whole, bringing more tourists and more income to the community.

Release is futile if we cannot ensure the animals are given the best chance at survival. At only $105 a patrol, the added protection these rangers provide is invaluable. This year, rangers have gone on 14 patrols, collected 469 snares and removed 100 meters (328 feet) of netting. We only have one team currently making patrols, however two teams in the forest would provide the critical protection needed. Make a gift to help our Community Ranger program run at full capacity. Your gift will allow us to conduct wildlife releases with more confidence and consequently expand the number of animals and variety of species being released at our Wildlife Rehabilitation Station.

Their work ensures a safer forest.
Their work ensures a safer forest.
 

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