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.
Dec 20, 2013

Wildlife Poacher Caught Shooting a Gibbon

Confiscating the Gibbon
Confiscating the Gibbon

Early in the morning on November 6th, 2013, forest rangers from the Koh Pao station were on patrol when they heard the distinctive sounds of gunshots being fired. The team immediately took action and drove aggressively toward the area of the forest where the shots originated. Upon arrival, the team discovered three gunmen fleeing the scene with a dead gibbon. In hot pursuit, they chased after the offenders. Two gunmen escaped into the dense forest, however the offender in possession of the dead gibbon was arrested and immediately taken to the station for questioning. Later that morning he was transferred to the local court, where he was charged with illegal wildlife trafficking and will be facing maximum sentencing for the killing of an endangered species.

With approximately only 35,000 individuals left in the wild, gibbon populations are on sharp decline due to hunting and habitat fragmentation. They are famous for the incredible calls that resonate through the forest. They vocalize in defense of their territory; however hunters often use these calls to pinpoint their location and capture them. This is the first dead gibbon the team has confiscated in years, and they were very lucky to catch the hunter in action.

Help our forest rangers stop wildlife crime in the Southern Cardamom Mountain Range by making a gift today!

Dec 20, 2013

Income Diversification at CADP

Raising Livestock
Raising Livestock

In the rural Cambodian village of Sovanna Baitong, where Wildlife Alliance’s Community Agriculture Development Project (CADP) is located, 187 families have been provided the tools to increase their household income in ways that are sustainable for both their families and the environment. Farmers use climate-smart techniques to grow a variety of crops yearlong, however income diversification is encouraged to protect farmers from bad harvest due to drought or heavy monsoonal rains. This supplemental income also provides a more sustainable livelihood that will prevent desperate farmers from returning to poaching and forest destruction.

Wildlife Alliance provides families interested in income-generating projects with resources and technical assistance. Recently, a Wildlife Alliance field technician provided training on the rearing of chickens. Twenty-two farmers participated in this training, where they received lessons on making and using vaccinations, building a suitable coop, and taking proper care of the chickens. Other enterprises supplementing their agricultural income include selling food and merchandise, sewing, repairing vehicles, and renting equipment. Women in the community have been leading the charge in entrepreneurial endeavors. The Women’s Committee provides training in various activities such as traditional Khmer food preparation and handicraft skills to promote such micro-businesses.

To pay for these projects, community members are able to borrow from the community’s micro-credit fund. This year, 26 families took out loans and repayment is already at 98%. In the community, 32 families have been earning over an average of $120 a month from these initiatives, with 10 families earning above $250 a month.

You can help Wildlife Alliance continue to alleviate poverty in the Southern Cardamoms with alternative sustainable livelihoods by making a year-end gift today!

Cooking Classes
Cooking Classes
Dec 20, 2013

Reforestation Manager Finds Solace in Work

Doem Seam
Doem Seam

Wildlife Alliance’s Tropical Reforestation Project in the Southern Cardamom Mountains employs 114 community members, providing them with a steady income and an alternative to slash-and-burn farming. One community member that has benefited from the program is Doem Seam, an energetic 60-year old widow, who has experienced great hardship in her life.

Doem Seam is originally from Kandal Province, but has been living in Koh Kong for over 40 years. She moved to the area in 1970 with her husband, however, great tragedy struck in 1975 when, in the middle of the night, Seam’s husband was violently taken away by Khmer Rouge cadres. During these difficult times, there was a shortage of medicine and widespread famine, and Seam lost five of her children to illness. She lives with her two surviving sons in Chi Phat. Even through these difficult times, Seam remained determined and strong. She supported her family by working as a police officer in Thmar Bang District in Koh Kong and after her retirement, she joined the Reforestation Project in 2007 as a manager.

Seam oversees the work of over 20 community staff members to maintain 733 hectares (1,811 acres) of reforested land. Her team works to enrich the soil, remove invasive weeds, and grow saplings in the nursery. Work at the reforestation site provides her with a sense of tranquility. She loves the forest, and finds that the trees soothe her mind and soul. Throughout the 80s and 90s, Seam witnessed massive destruction of the Southern Cardamoms by people and logging companies. She is happy to be part of a mission to help bring back this degraded land to its former splendor.

Help us continue to restore the Southern Cardamom Mountains and provide alternative livelihoods to community members like Doem Seam by making a gift this year.  taking part in our Matching Gift Challenge. Every gift made from now until December 31st will be matched 3-to-1. You donation will help us combat deforestation, watershed destruction, and continue to provide hundreds of families with alternative livelihoods.

A Dedicated and Organized Leader
A Dedicated and Organized Leader

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