Angkor's forests were eerily silent after over-hunting decimated its wildlife in the late 20th century, but now it is an ideal release site. We have successfully reintroduced native species including gibbons, langurs, otters, muntjac, civets and leopard cats. To continue rewilding Angkor, we need to customize enclosures for each species, transfer rescued animals to their new sites, care for them as they acclimate, and monitor them post-release to ensure they remain healthy and safe.
This project re-wilds Angkor by releasing rescued animals of native species that have been rehabilitated, giving them a new life in a safe forest instead of in captivity. Our successful reintroductions follow special protocols, including on-site acclimatization, supplemental feeding post-release, and close monitoring for as long as necessary. Your gift helps pay for the essential equipment, food, care and long-term monitoring that ensure this project leads to sustainable wildlife populations.
Spanning over 40,000 hectares, Angkor's once empty forests can accommodate significant wildlife numbers. Our project seeds new populations of threatened species that will become self-sustaining as new generations are born free The three released gibbon pairs have already produced six wild-born offspring, otters have new pups, and muntjac are breeding as well. Our partnerships with the agencies that run the iconic site improves Government capacity to manage wildlife conservation projects.
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).
3rd gibbon pairs' release into Angkor (July 2020)
1st gibbon wild-born at Angkor (Oct 2014)
Gibbon release program in Angkor (July 2014)
NZ Herald: The Re-wilding of Angkor (Dec 2014)