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.
Mar 8, 2016

Thank you for rescuing 3,288 animals in 2015

Sun Bear cub rescued in Ratanakiri prison
Sun Bear cub rescued in Ratanakiri prison

In 2015, the Wildlife Rapid Rescue Team traveled to 447 Districts, conducted 564 successful operations, imposed $49,000 in fines, apprehended 137 traders, and rescued 3,288 animals from 85 difference species.

On March 3, we celebrated the 3rd annual World Wildlife Day. Created by the United Nations to raise awareness about the importance of all animals, as well as the urgent need to protect them, this year's theme is "the future of wildlife is in our hands” and it stresses the inseparable link between wildlife, people and sustainable development.

Our wildlife is under ever more pressing threat, and wildlife crime is putting many of the world's species in immediate danger of extinction. Estimated to be worth about $19 billion, organized wildlife crime promotes regional instability, preys on weak communities, funds terrorism and is driving species extinction. Wildlife trafficking is not just a regional problem, but a global issue with serious ramifications - and it is time that it be treated as such.

We would like to thank you for supporting these brave law enforcement officials that devote their lives daily to protect our planet. Your gift has prevented 3,288 animals from torture and certain death. The future of wildlife is in your hands, please make this upcoming Bonus Day on March 16th about protecting wildlife for future generations. 

Meet some of the animals that were given a second chance thanks to your incredible support:

A civet rescued from a market in Phnom Penh
A civet rescued from a market in Phnom Penh
A slow loris kept as a pet is now healthy at PTWRC
A slow loris kept as a pet is now healthy at PTWRC
Pelican rescued from trader supplying illegal zoos
Pelican rescued from trader supplying illegal zoos
198 turtles rescued from a restaurant are released
198 turtles rescued from a restaurant are released
Endangered langur given a second chance at PTWRC
Endangered langur given a second chance at PTWRC
Mar 8, 2016

Help Construct a Primate Conservation Center

Endangered silver langur breeding program
Endangered silver langur breeding program

The primary purpose of Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center (PTWRC) is to provide rescued wildlife with a safe and happy home to recover. PTWRC currently rehabilitates and cares for different species of primates such as gibbons, lorises, langurs, and macaques. Several of these species are classified by IUCN as Near Threatened, Vulnerable, or Endangered and all have decreasing population trends in the wild. In Cambodia, 9 out of the 10 primate species are either Endangered or Threatened. Primate populations in Cambodia continue to dwindle due to habitat destruction and hunting. Unless we get the local communities actively engaged in protecting them, we are sure to lose these primates forever.

PTWRC has incredible educational potential; it offers the opportunity for visitors to develop meaningful connections with animals rescued from the illegal wildlife trade, which ultimately inspires them to create a better future for wildlife. With around 300,000 visitors every year, the Rescue Center is an ideal outlet to increase awareness of the illegal wildlife trade and be Cambodia’s leading center for conservation education. 

Wildlife Alliance is working to increase the outreach and educational component of the Center by constructing interactive and engaging Conservation Centers. The Primate Conservation Center will engage visitors in the unique life of Cambodian primates and the circumstances that brought them to the Center, informing them of the consequences of illegal hunting and the trade in wildlife, and what they can do to protect wildlife and wildlife habitat for the next generation. Visual and interactive educational materials will be shown in Khmer and English to maximize impact among diverse visitors.

Thank you for your contributions, your gift will provide invaluable education to thousands of visitors each year, and promote the long term conservation of some of the most threatened primates in the world.

Cambodian students and visitors at the Center
Cambodian students and visitors at the Center
Illegal wildlife trade orphans hundred of babies
Illegal wildlife trade orphans hundred of babies
At PTWRC, rescued animals get a second chance.
At PTWRC, rescued animals get a second chance.
Mar 8, 2016

Timber Seized and Bear Cub Rescued by Rangers

Rescued baby black bear cub
Rescued baby black bear cub

On January 13, 2016, Wildlife Alliance's forest rangers rescued an Asiatic black bear cub that was being smuggled out of the Cardamom forest. Rangers from our Southern Cardamom Forest Protection Program intercepted the trader in Thmar Bang in Koh Kong province. The 3-month old cub, weighing only 8 pounds, was taken to Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center to be cared for by Free the Bears.

Sadly, sun bears and other Asian bear species are being brutally targeted by poachers in Cambodia for their body parts which are used in traditional medicine. Because of this active trade in bears and bear parts, their populations - especially in Southeast Asia – are rapidly declining. Cubs are torn from their mothers and sold into the pet trade. When they get bigger, they end up imprisoned in tiny cages or sold to bile farms in Vietnam. Wildlife Alliance has been working since 2001 to end the trade of wildlife in Cambodia and throughout Southeast Asia. Since then, over 160 trafficked bears have been rescued. However, the international demand remains high and continued efforts are needed to ensure the long-term survival of bears in region.

In the same month, the rangers also seized a truck carrying 47 tons of illegal timber. The forest ranger station advisor received a tip about a truck carrying illegal timber attempting to leave Aural Wildlife Sanctuary. The station advisor reported the information to Wildlife Alliance's Law Enforcement Manager who instructed the ranger unit to ambush the truck. To prevent the driver from being tipped off, the nearest ranger station did not conduct the operation    informants are often posted at nearby ranger stations to provide information to the drivers and prevent law enforcement from successfully confiscating the timber. Instead, rangers from a further station found the truck on the road leaving Aural Wildlife Sanctuary and surrounded the vehicle. The team found 47 tons of rosewood and other precious timber on the truck and it was taken to the station for further legal action.

Wildlife Alliance’s Southern Cardamom Forest Protection Program partners with the Cambodian government to provide on-the-ground protection to one of Asia’s last remaining elephant corridors. Our forest rangers work day and night, risking their lives to protect nearly 2 million acres of rainforest and the countless wildlife that reside in this expansive forest.

Thank you for your important contribution! Your gift makes it possible for our rangers to stop illegal loggers and wildlife poachers from removing our most precious natural rescources. 

47 tons of precious timber that was confiscated
47 tons of precious timber that was confiscated
Forest rangers on patrol
Forest rangers on patrol
The 2 millions acres of forest the rangers protect
The 2 millions acres of forest the rangers protect
 
   

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