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.
Jul 13, 2016

World Day to Combat Desertification

Habitat Loss from Slash and Burn Farming
Habitat Loss from Slash and Burn Farming

Thank you for your generous support of our Reforestation Project in Cambodia and helping us to repair the Southern Cardamon rainforest.   Last month, on June 17th, we celebrated World Day to Combat Desertification, a day for people worldwide to unite to counteract one of the greatest environmental issues we face.  Although very prevalent, the meaning of desertification is widely unknown.  Desertification does not refer to the spreading of deserts, but does refer to the persistent degradation of habitats by humans, including unsustainable farming, mining, overgrazing, clear-cutting, and climate change.  This leaves the land highly susceptible to water and wind erosion and results in unfertile soil.  In Cambodia, the problem is exacerbated by the hot temperatures and powerful monsoon seasons. Temperatures are often too hot for crops to survive and the monsoon rains often wash away seeds and soil. Locals rely on slash-and-burn farming as a way to cope with the constantly degrading landscape.

This year’s World Day to Combat Desertification slogan was “Protect Earth. Restore Land. Engage People.” Wildlife Alliance exemplifies this mission with our Forest Protection Program, our Tropical Reforestation project and our Sustainable Livelihoods projects. Wildlife Alliance has protected the earth by preserving 1.7 million acres of forestland.  The Tropical Reforestation Program has restored land by employing local Cambodians to plant and maintain 733,000 trees over 1,811 acres (733 hectares) in areas that had been cleared of rainforest. And the Livelihoods programs have engaged people by providing former poachers and slash-and-burn farmers with sustainable, ecologically friendly jobs. By engaging people and providing them with sustainable alternatives, our programs address the underlying causes of forest destruction in Cambodia.  These jobs not only provide people with higher incomes, but also empower them to replant denuded forest areas and protect the land and its wildlife.  

Thank you for helping us to combat desertification in Cambodia and allowing us to reverse the effects of habitat degradation. We hope you will continue to support this important project! 

Regrowing lost forest areas
Regrowing lost forest areas
Jun 2, 2016

Leopard Cat Kitten and Other Babies Growing Fast!

Hand Reared Leopard Cat Kitten
Hand Reared Leopard Cat Kitten

During the first quarter of 2016, 31 animals were either born or hatched at PTWRC included four sambar deer, three muntjac deer, one silvered langur, one gaur, one pileated gibbon, two fruit bats and two common palm civets.There is also a constant stream of baby animals arriving at our Nursery, with many baby birds including parakeets, Oriental pied hornbills and four black kite chicks, now fledged, arriving during the past three months. A female sambar fawn has joined the young male at the Nursery.

Two very young leopard cat kittens were rescued from the illegal wildlife trade by the Wildlife Rapid Rescue Team (WRRT) and were taken to Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center (PTWRC) for care.  Unfortunately, one of the kittens was just too small and weak and could not survive.  The other kitten, however, is doing very well being hand raised and bottle-fed.  When Nick Marx, Wildlife Alliance's Wildlife Programs Director, visited the kitten, he thought the cat might be ready to start weaning off milk.  He offered the kitten a small piece of chicken and noticed an immediate transformation when the kitten realized what Nick was holding.  The cute and fluffy kitten excitedly devoured all the meat and nearly took off his hand! This is a good sign of the leopard cat kitten’s health and growth.  PTWRC staff will continue to give the kitten more meat as it rapidly grows. 

The first quarter of 2016 was a busy month for PTWRC, as the staff catered to 365 new animal arrivals to the center and 31 births in the center.  161 animals were also released back into the wild in the first quarter.

Thank you for helping the Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center care for and release rescued wildlife.  Without your support, these animals would not get the second chance at life that they receive at PTWRC! 

Kitten at Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center
Kitten at Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center
Endangered baby gibbon born at the Center
Endangered baby gibbon born at the Center
Jun 2, 2016

Pangolin saved from the wildlife trade!

A WRRT member holds a rescued pangolin.
A WRRT member holds a rescued pangolin.

A local Cambodian man recently brought an injured pangolin to Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center (PTWRC) that he had taken from a wildlife trader. The kindhearted man felt sorry for the pangolin who was clearly suffering from injuries.  The man paid the trader the going black market rate for pangolins, $750!  With the best intentions in mind, the man brought the pangolin to PTWRC where he knew it would be in good care.  The PTWRC staff was able to treat the pangolin’s snare wounds in its hind legs and is hoping he will bond with another female pangolin at the rescue center.  If the endangered pangolins mate, their offspring will be released into the wild. 

Although Wildlife Alliance is very thankful for the kindness displayed by the local man, it is clear that our education efforts are not done yet.  The man had very good intentions, trying to rescue the injured and rare animal; unfortunately, purchasing the pangolin drives the illegal wildlife trade.  The best practice that Wildlife Alliance tries to promote is calling Wildlife Alliance’s Wildlife Rescue Hotline at +855-12-500-094.  The Wildlife Rapid Rescue Team always investigates the calls and can confiscate the animals and prosecute the traders.  The penalty for trading endangered species in Cambodia is a prison sentence.  While we are glad this injured pangolin is out of the trade network and in safe hands, it would have been more beneficial if the trader were apprehended as well.

Thank you for helping the Wildlife Rapid Rescue Team save animals that fall victim to poachers and dissembling black market trade networks! 

 
   

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