This groundbreaking project aims to re-wild the forest surrounding Cambodia's historic Angkor Temple Complex. This forest once flourished with diverse wildlife, until over-hunting in the late 20th century decimated these populations. However, since becoming a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1992, this barren jungle is now well protected and is safe for wildlife reintroduction. In 2013, Wildlife Alliance began reintroducing the iconic species that once lived here.
This historic forest was eerily silent after its wildlife inhabitants were all hunted. Our rewilding efforts have seen major breakthroughs with successful releases of Endangered gibbons, langurs, civets & leopard cats. To continue to release native and threatened species, each animal requires specific release protocols and enclosures for them to successfully acclimate to their new surroundings, as well as radio collars and camera traps to ensure they are healthy and safe after their release.
To successfully release rehabilitated wild animals it is essential that they are monitored closely so that protocols may be adapted if situations change. Your gift will provide the necessary equipment and protection to help us release sambar and muntjac deer, binturongs and civets. The project will help boost the populations of these threatened animals, bring wildlife back to this protected forest and most importantly give these animals a second chance at life in the wild.
One of the most challenging aspects of reintroducing wildlife is finding safe and suitable habitat to release the animals in. Stretching over 40,000 hectares, this project provides us with a unique chance to give various threatened species an opportunity thrive and grow populations with sufficient genetic diversity. The adjoining temples receive around 2 million visitors a year, allowing us to also educate visitors on the importance of wildlife conservation and protection.