For the first time ever, a herd of wild elephants were caught on camera in the Southern Cardamoms of Cambodia. While elephant sightings by locals have been on the rise since 2012, this is the first time elephants have been caught on camera in this part of the country. The discovery of this herd is important confirmation that Wildlife Alliance’s efforts to protect vital wildlife habitat is helping elephant populations recover. Watch the incredible video here.
With renewed impetus and in coordination with World Elephant Day, Wildlife Alliance launched a new campaign to draw attention to the urgent plight of this endangered species. There are less than 35,000 Asian elephants remaining in the wild, and only an estimated 200 elephants in Cambodia. Between 2001 and 2002, 37 elephants were reported killed in the Southern Cardamoms preceding the implementation of Wildlife Alliance’s forest protection program. Since 2006, there have been zero deaths reported. Wildlife Alliance, in partnership with the Royal Government of Cambodia, operates six forest ranger stations whose mandate is to safeguard 1.7 million acres of tropical rainforest. The Southern Cardamoms are part of a mosaic of Protected Areas and Protected Forests that form Cambodia’s largest intact forest and one of Asia’s last remaining elephant corridors. Wildlife Alliance’s reforestation project combats the impact of illegal logging and slash-and-burn farming practices while providing jobs to local residents. Eighty-two workers, primarily women, work in our tree nursery and care for the saplings year-round. Another 150 workers are employed seasonally during the planting season. Wildlife Alliance’s constant monitoring, repeated awareness campaigns, and strict enforcement of wildlife laws has curbed forest crime in the Southern Cardamoms and given elephant populations an opportunity to rebound. As increasing pressure is being placed on the remaining elephant habitat, and human-elephant conflict is expected to rise, it is important for Wildlife Alliance to continue its comprehensive conservation plan to ensure that this globally significant species is protected.
Thank you for helping us continue to preserve forests and wildlife habitats in Cambodia and reconnect fragmented forests for elephants. Your gift has helped plant and maintain over 733,000 trees, and is mitigating the effects of deforestation, preserving watersheds, and providing livelihoods to local communities, and connecting critical elephant habitat.
Join us in celebrating International Tiger Day, on July 29, 2015! This day was established to promote public awareness and support for tiger conservation. The tiger is the world’s largest cat and is currently listed as Endangered by the IUCN.
Throughout history, the tiger has provoked a sense of awe and admiration. Its prowess, ferocity, beauty and agility have incited the imagination - inspiring countless stories, paintings, poems and sculptures. The earliest tiger statue found was made in China almost 7,000 years ago! Revered in ancient and modern culture, the tiger is a symbol of power and strength. It is also the national animal of Malaysia, South Korea, Bangladesh and India. However, the king of the jungle is more than just a cultural symbol; it is also a top predator and a keystone species that maintains the balance of entire ecosystems. Saving tigers requires maintaining a sufficient prey base and saving enough forest to support their populations – a trickledown effect that will save hundreds of plant and animal species. A healthy wild tiger population means a thriving jungle ecosystem, which in turn provides long-term benefits for both humans and wildlife.
Tigers once roamed the entire continent of Asia, but with human expansion they have lost over 93% of their original range. They now survive in small, isolated pockets of forest, where they are vulnerable to poaching and inbreeding. The primary threats facing tigers are habitat loss, depletion of prey species and poaching. As forests shrink and prey species become scarce, human-tiger conflict increases. Since 2001, Wildlife Alliance has been dedicated to the conservation of this iconic species. Our Forest Protection program protects 1.7 million acres of critical forest habitat in the Southern Cardamom Mountain Range and our Reforestation program aims to reconnect fragmented forests so that the remaining tigers are free to roam. At Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center (PTWRC), Wildlife Alliance cares for five tigers rescued from the illegal wildlife trade. PTWRC is also a breeding facility for important prey species like muntjac, Eld’s deer and sambar.
Thank you for helping us plant trees in the Southern Cardamom Mountain Range – keeping one of Asia's last major forests intact. Illegal logging and slash-and-burn farming threaten to fragment this 2 million acre forest that is home to some of the last tigers in Asia, and the world’s other iconic and endangered animals. To revive decimated areas, Wildlife Alliance and local communities are working together to plant trees and maintain continuous forest cover. Your gift helps reverse the effects of deforestation, preserve watersheds, and provide livelihoods to local communities, and connect critical tiger hagitat. You do more than put a seed in the ground — you ensure the sustainability of the tropical rainforest for future generations.
Make a difference this International Tiger Day by helping us continue to preserve forests and wildlife habitats in Cambodia and reconnect fragmented forests for tigers. We will also be celebrating all week, by posting fun tiger facts, pictures, and stories on our social media platforms. Join us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to learn more about these incredible animals, and help raise awareness!
Thank you for supporting the Tropical Reforestation Project, your gift is helping us restore deforested land in the Southern Cardamom Mountain Range! This vital program works to restore denuded forest through seed collection, nursery germination and propagation, soil enrichment and planting, post planting treatment to fight invasive grasses, and the replacement of weak plants in order to ensure forest growth over the next few years.
The Tropical Reforestation Program has been working to maintain the 733,000 trees that were planted over the last 5 years. 733 hectares (1,811 acres) of reforested land is maintained and kept healthy with soil enriching activities.
Many steps have been taken to improve soil quality and reforestation success of the Chi Phat, Andoung Teuk, and Road 48 reforestation sites. The reforestation and planting sites are areas of previously cleared out tropical forests. These areas experience flooding and sediment run-off during the rainy season, and are plagued by invasive weed species. In 2014, the Reforestation program planted rows in planting areas to improve pH levels and organic matter in the soil. Fibrous grass was grown throughout planting fields to protect the soil from heavy rains and erosion. Additionally, seedlings transferred to planting areas were planted in a method to recreate forest diversity with various tree species.
In 2014, 889,234 seedlings were collected from trees in surrounding forests. 728,998 seedlings were germinated in the Chi Phat shade net. From January through December, a total of 48,954 seedlings of 31 varieties were transferred from the Chi Phat nursery to the CADP nursery for Road 48 planting, 44,589 seedlings of 48 varieties were transferred to the Chi Phat planting field, and 5,820 seedlings were transferred from Chi Phat nursery to Sihanoukville planting field.
Thank you again, and we hope you’ll continue to support this important project!
Deforestation threatens thousands of species and has devastating consequences for humans. Forest loss jeopardizes human food and water security, threatens plants and animals with extinction, and contributes to climate change, putting communities and wildlife at increased risk of floods, droughts, infectious disease, and other natural disasters.
Wildlife Alliance’s Tropical Reforestation Project combats the impact of illegal logging and slash-and-burn farming practices while providing jobs to local residents. Eighty-two workers, primarily women, work in our tree nursery and care for the saplings year-round.
To date, Wildlife Alliance has replanted more than 733,000 trees in this region. In Cambodia, the winter months are the dry season, and not much planting happens in the fields. The Reforestation teams work on maintaining existing fields and growing seedlings in the nursery. From October to December of last year, the project worked to maintain over 595 hectares of planted forest. This is no easy feat; they spend long days in the sun enriching the soil, growing fibrous grass to prevent erosion, removing weeds, and replacing damaged saplings. In the nursery, the teams peeled and sowed seeds, transfered over 40,000 seedlings from the greenhouse to the shade net, and collected over 262 kgs of indigenous seeds.
Thank you for supporting this vital project, your gift is helping us restore the Southern Cardamom Mountain Range!
“Despite the difficult work, seeing trees grow makes me happy,” declared Sao, a shy 24-year-old woman who has been working at Wildlife Alliance’s Tropical Reforestation Project in Chi Phat since its inception in 2008. Over the years, Sao has dedicated her life to reconnecting fragmented forests in the Southern Cardamom Mountain Range. She knows the painstaking process that goes into the planting and nurturing of a seed into maturity. She understands from first-hand experience that it is not enough to just plant a seed. A great deal of work and care is required for each seedling to survive, and once planted, must be continually maintained and protected. It pains her to see the prolific illegal logging that plagues the region, “I’ve been working at the project for over five years now, and I have come to thoroughly understand what it really takes to bring back trees lost to deforestation.”
Sao says she feels lucky to be working at Wildlife Alliance’s Reforestation Project. She cares deeply about her work, and has helped grow and maintain over 733,000 trees on 1,811 acres of reforested land. She believes that work at the Project has completely changed the course of her life. With no education, and as a young, unmarried woman in rural Cambodia, Sao had very few opportunities available to her. However, her steady income has lifted her out of poverty and is helping her realize her dream of one day opening a small grocery store in Chi Phat. Her life changed even more drastically in 2011 when she married her friend and coworker Vuthu. The couple plans to build a house together in Chi Phat and start a family soon.
Wildlife Alliance’s Tropical Reforestation Project in the Southern Cardamom Mountains employs 114 community members, providing them with a steady income and an alternative to slash-and-burn farming. Help us continue to not only restore the Southern Cardamom Mountains, but also make a difference in the lives of community members like Sao by making a gift today!
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