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Jan 3, 2020

Endangered gibbon rescued thanks to Facebook community

Social media often gets a bad rap even in the role it plays in wildlife trafficking. But our recent rescue of an endangered pileated gibbon (Hylobates pileatus) shows that social media can be used for good!

We received many reports of a video circulating on Facebook in Cambodia of a gibbon chained by the neck. The the Wildlife Rapid Rescue Team (WRRT) managed to track her down in Oddar Meanchey and were able to confiscate her with the assistance of local Forestry Administration officers. The beautiful female gibbon was brought to Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center where she will receive permanent care by our dedicated staff. Unfortunately, because she has become dependent on humans, is is unlikely that she will be able to return to the wild.

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!


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