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Aug 6, 2019

From wildlife traders to the wild: the journey of two parakeets rescued from the illegal pet trade

The circle is complete and two grey-headed parakeets (Psittacula finschii) rescued from the illegal pet trade have been released back into the wild! These Near Threatened birds were rescued by our counter wildlife trafficking unit, the Wildlife Rapid Rescue Team (WRRT), back in November 2018 as chicks and were brought to the nursery at Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center (PTWRC). Under Wildlife Alliance’s care, they grew into strong and healthy birds and they were ready to be released so they were transported to our Wildlife Release Station in the Cardamom Mountains. After a few months of acclimatization to their new habitat, keepers left their door open and they were free. After a few moments of hesitation, the pair investigated the branch outside their door and flew to a nearby tree!

This holistic approach is a crucial, yet often overlooked, part of combating the illegal wildlife trade. It is often the case that governments and organizations do not have adequate resources or plans to deal with live animals seized from wildlife traders as a result of law enforcement. This can lead to conservation, ethical and animal rights issues that may potentially undermine otherwise successful initiatives. Our holistic approach to tackling wildlife trafficking issues enabled these parakeets, otherwise destined to a life in a cage, to live in the wild where they belong.

Thank you for your generous support which has enabled us to return these parakeets and thousands of other animals back to the wild. 

Photos by Joshua Prieto

Jul 8, 2019

Classroom lessons and first hand experiences inspires students to protect wildlife

While Cambodia is in the epicenter of the Indo-burma biodiversity hotspot, its wildlife is under threat. The Kouprey Express (KE), Wildlife Alliance’s environmental education program, aims to raise awareness and cultivate a culture of conservation throughout Cambodia. They travel throughout the country to engage and educate students and communities about their country’s incredible wildlife. In May, in collaboration with the US Embassy, the KE team traveled to the ESL Excellence School in Prey Veng province to promote wildlife and environmental conservation through lessons and games. To compliment the classroom lessons, the KE team also brought the students to Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center where rescued wildlife is cared for, rehabilitated, and often prepared for release back into the wild. After learning about the threats facing Cambodia’s wildlife and then meeting rescued animals first hand, the students were very inspired to protect their country’s wildlife and forests for generations to come.

Jul 8, 2019

From a poacher's grip back into the wild; five Vulnerable turtles are rescued by rangers

Five black marsh turtles (Siebenrockiella crassicollis) escaped their fate of ending up in a restaurant when Wildlife Alliance rangers intercepted a poacher transporting them out of the Cardamom Rainforest. Black marsh turtles are classified as Vulnerable on the IUCN Red List and their populations are decreasing as the demand for freshwater turtles in the international meat trade rises. After intercepting the poacher, rangers from the Green Peafowl Station (Sre Ambel) immediately released the turtles back into freshwater habitat inside the Southern Cardamom National Park.

The Southern Cardamom National Park is home to >50 IUCN Threatened species, including Asian elephants, Asiatic black bear, pileated gibbon, Bengal slow loris, and four Critically Endangered species: Sunda pangolin, Siamese crocodile, southern river terrapin, and giant ibis. Without your support, our rangers wouldn't ba able to protect these species from poachers and the destruction of their rainforest habitat. Thank you! 

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