While Cambodia is in the epicenter of the Indo-burma biodiversity hotspot, its wildlife is under threat. The Kouprey Express (KE), Wildlife Alliance’s environmental education program, aims to raise awareness and cultivate a culture of conservation throughout Cambodia. They travel throughout the country to engage and educate students and communities about their country’s incredible wildlife. In May, in collaboration with the US Embassy, the KE team traveled to the ESL Excellence School in Prey Veng province to promote wildlife and environmental conservation through lessons and games. To compliment the classroom lessons, the KE team also brought the students to Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center where rescued wildlife is cared for, rehabilitated, and often prepared for release back into the wild. After learning about the threats facing Cambodia’s wildlife and then meeting rescued animals first hand, the students were very inspired to protect their country’s wildlife and forests for generations to come.
One of the key pillars to reducing demand for wildlife for meat and medicine is raising awareness of its dangers, with intervention especially needed in hot spots of the wildlife trade. On March 27, the Kouprey Express (KE), Wildlife Alliance’s mobile environmental education team, gave classroom lessons to 35 students at Preah Kosamak Sihanok Primary School and held a Community Night Show in O’sandanchas village in Kampong Chhnang province. The KE is intervening in this area and surrounding villages because the region is rife with wildlife poaching and wildlife products are openly sold on the market. The KE’s community event attracted 100 villagers for a night of educational entertainment. The team addressed the inherent and financial benefits of protecting Cambodia’s natural heritage and protecting its wildlife. Some villagers raised concerns since they make money by exploiting wildlife, however, Ms. Yi, an audience member of about 60 years of age, stood up to address her community and urged them not to hunt, eat, or traffic wildlife and to urged them to report any illegal wildlife trafficking to Wildlife Alliance’s Wildlife Rescue Hotline (012 500 094).
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The KE provided 88 (35 female) teachers from two core schools with Flipchart training which took place at Tang Por and Trapang Phnov schools in Kampong Speu province. The purpose of the training was to build up their understanding and ability to not only bring these lessons into the classroom but to also show them the actions they can take to prevent and report wildlife and forest crimes in their area.
KE team raised awareness on wildlife and forest conservation to 736 (331 female) students in four primary schools of Brabie Moum, Tang Por, Trapeang Phnov, and Pumin in Kampong Speu province.
KE team was invited by the Access Program, which supported by US embassy, to work with 120 students and teachers from three provinces of Battambang, Kampong Speu, and Tboung Khmum at Kirirom National Park during a special English Camp.
Nov 29-1 Dec
As part of the cross-border collaboration between KE and Freeland in Thailand, we together provided environmental education to 60 Thai students and 9 teachers at the Protecting Wildlife Youth Camp event in Ta Phraya National Park, Thailand. In addition to wildlife lessons, all the students partook in ranger patrolling to help them better understand the risks to as well as the challenges to protect the environment.
In order to strengthen its cross-border efforts, the Kouprey Express (KE) mobile environmental education team conducted wildlife protection lessons with 624 (298 female) students in two primary schools along the Cambodia-Thai border. After classroom lessons and activities in the morning, we planted 32 trees in the compound of the Phnom Proek school in the pouring rain. The school director along with teachers and students helped us dig holes and provided tools and other materials we needed to plant those trees. The KE team also conducted teacher training on climate change adaptation, waste and sanitation management, and biodiversity conservation. This will allow the conservation education in the border communities to continue after Kouprey Express's visit.
Later in the month, the KE team provided wildlife and habitat protection lessons to 559 (310 female) students from 4 core schools in Kampong Speu province. This area has been a hotspot for wildlife trafficking and has been a focus of our Wildlife Rapid Rescue Team's investigations and recent busts. The WRRT, managed and supported by Wildlife Alliance, is a unit dedicated solely to cracking down on wildlife crime and the illegal wildlife trade. The KE’s outreach initiative in the areas the WRRT have been frequenting is complementing the ongoing efforts by the WRRT and augmenting the efforts to mitigate wildlife trafficking. In addition to classroom lessons, the KE team brought 670 students and teachers from schools in the area to visit Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center to meet animals that were victims of the wildlife trade and give them a memorable experience to complement their conservation lessons from the previous week.
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The Kouprey Express Mobile Environmental Education Unit (KE) delivers environmental curricula to educate schoolchildren, teachers, and communities about conservation. The team was invited by Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) to their project site in Keo Seima district, Mondulkiri province to disseminate environmental education, focusing on snaring and wildlife/habitat conservation. Snares are the greatest threat facing wildlife biodiversity in Southeast Asia and are extremely prevalent in Cambodian forests, even in protected areas. Over the course of a week, the KE held interactive lessons about the importance of wildlife conservation to 517(261 female) students at seven schools; Srae Chhouk, Hun Sen Keo Seima, O’chra, Pu Cha, Gati, Pu Hiam primary schools and O’ Am secondary school.
The team also cunduted a Community Night Show that approximately 320 local people attended. In addition, the weather cooperated so we were able to conduct a CNS with approximately 320 localpeople. Community Night Shows are fun and engaging events that focus on the illegal wildlife trade, the importance of protecting forests and biodiversity, and Cambodia’s wildlife laws. These shows are designed for families and give community members the opportunity to learn and also share their ideas on how to protect their communities’ natural resources.
Thank you for helping the Kouprey Express raise awareness about the pitfalls of poaching in remote villages in Cambodia.
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