Raise Awareness to Protect Wildlife in Cambodia

by Wildlife Alliance
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Raise Awareness to Protect Wildlife in Cambodia
Raise Awareness to Protect Wildlife in Cambodia
Raise Awareness to Protect Wildlife in Cambodia
Raise Awareness to Protect Wildlife in Cambodia
Raise Awareness to Protect Wildlife in Cambodia
Raise Awareness to Protect Wildlife in Cambodia
Raise Awareness to Protect Wildlife in Cambodia
Raise Awareness to Protect Wildlife in Cambodia
Raise Awareness to Protect Wildlife in Cambodia
Raise Awareness to Protect Wildlife in Cambodia
Raise Awareness to Protect Wildlife in Cambodia
Raise Awareness to Protect Wildlife in Cambodia
Raise Awareness to Protect Wildlife in Cambodia
Raise Awareness to Protect Wildlife in Cambodia
Raise Awareness to Protect Wildlife in Cambodia
Raise Awareness to Protect Wildlife in Cambodia
Raise Awareness to Protect Wildlife in Cambodia
Raise Awareness to Protect Wildlife in Cambodia
Raise Awareness to Protect Wildlife in Cambodia
Raise Awareness to Protect Wildlife in Cambodia
Raise Awareness to Protect Wildlife in Cambodia
Raise Awareness to Protect Wildlife in Cambodia
Raise Awareness to Protect Wildlife in Cambodia
Raise Awareness to Protect Wildlife in Cambodia
Raise Awareness to Protect Wildlife in Cambodia
Raise Awareness to Protect Wildlife in Cambodia
Raise Awareness to Protect Wildlife in Cambodia
Raise Awareness to Protect Wildlife in Cambodia
Raise Awareness to Protect Wildlife in Cambodia
Raise Awareness to Protect Wildlife in Cambodia
Raise Awareness to Protect Wildlife in Cambodia
Raise Awareness to Protect Wildlife in Cambodia
Raise Awareness to Protect Wildlife in Cambodia
Raise Awareness to Protect Wildlife in Cambodia
Raise Awareness to Protect Wildlife in Cambodia
Raise Awareness to Protect Wildlife in Cambodia
Raise Awareness to Protect Wildlife in Cambodia
Raise Awareness to Protect Wildlife in Cambodia
Raise Awareness to Protect Wildlife in Cambodia
Learning about the Wildlife Rescue Hotline
Learning about the Wildlife Rescue Hotline

The Kouprey Express Mobile Environmental Education Unit (KE) will now be able travel to every province in Cambodia, raising awareness about the value of preserving biodiversity and fostering sustainable behavioral changes. The Minister of Youth, Education and Sport in Cambodia recently approved KE’s Project Agreement to visit national schools in all 25 provinces.  This milestone speaks volumes to the success and growth of KE, which only visited public schools in one province when the project began in 2005. Since the program’s humble beginnings, KE has become the ‘go to’ authority on all things wildlife and environmental education related in Cambodia.
  
But KE’s growth does not stop there!  For the first time ever, the program will travel across international borders.  This month, KE, in partnership with Freeland Foundation, will travel to a Youth Camp in Khao Yai National Park that is focused on elephant protection. There, the team will give wildlife and elephant lessons in both Thai and Khmer.  This trip will be a first of its kind for KE - going international and bringing their elephant conservation message across borders.

Thanks to your support, KE has had a very successful 2016 and are looking forward to an even greater 2017. Last year, KE visited 32 schools, reached 3,134 students, gave 21 community night shows, traveled to 9 provinces, and brought 914 locals to Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center. We hope you will continue to support the Kouprey Express Mobile Environmental Education Unit so that more and more people can learn about the importance of protecting the environment and wildlife. 

 

Laughing and Learning by the Kouprey Express bus
Laughing and Learning by the Kouprey Express bus
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Kids and adults meet Lucky the elephant
Kids and adults meet Lucky the elephant

Last month, a group of 340 senior citizens from Takeo Province were able to visit Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center for the first time! After more than 500 children and young adults visited the rescue center for International Children's Day in June, the seniors lamented that only younger community members were able to visit. So- our Kouprey Express education team partnered with Daughters of Charity to bring the older community members to the rescue center and experience it for the first time. The community members enjoyed doing the same activities that the children do on their educational trips and our Kouprey Express team said it was one of the most fun trips they've ever led!

You can watch a video of the trip here.

On these field trips, visitors learn about different animals native to their country and the perils the animals face. The visitors are then given the chance to put their new knowledge to the test to identify different species while seeing firsthand the impact of wildlife trafficking. The animals at Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center have been rescued from the wildlife trade, so when people meet all the animals at the center it puts into perspective the vast impacts the illegal trade has. 

So far, over 5,500 students and adults have been inspired to care about Cambodia's wildlife through our field trips.

Meeting an endangered gibbon for the first time!
Meeting an endangered gibbon for the first time!

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Student learning about wildlife conservation.
Student learning about wildlife conservation.

Earlier this summer, the Peace Corps group in Battambang province invited the Kouprey Express Mobile Environmental Education Unit to a local school in order to raise awareness of wildlife conservation and habitat preservation. The Kouprey Express gave environmental lessons to 116 secondary school students, over half of whom were female. In these lessons, students learned about environmental issues that face their communities and about what they can do to protect the forests and wildlife. Without the Kouprey Express, many students in Cambodia would never learn about environmental issues that affect their lives, such as climate change, waste management, wildlife trafficking, sustainability, and why these issue are important to them and their communities. 

Later that night, the Kouprey Express held a Community Night Show for around 100 Lavar High School students.  The Wildlife Rapid Rescue Team (WRRT) also made an appearance at the night show to assist in educating the students about the wildlife trade, habitat protection, and to help the audience think about ways in which they can protect their communities’ natural resources.  Having the WRRT present at the Community Night Shows gives the audience a unique and informative perspective about the wildlife trade that affects their communities. 

In the month of May, the Kouprey Express educated 418 students about wildlife and habitat protection, reached 400 community members over five Community Night Shows, and took 95 students and teachers to Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center to meet animals rescued from the wildlife trade. 

Thank you for your support of the Kouprey Express!  Together, we are creating lasting change in Cambodia by educating and inspiring the next generation and improving attitudes about forest and wildlife conservation.

Learning about gibbons at a Community Night Show.
Learning about gibbons at a Community Night Show.
Students meet an elephant on a field trip to PTWRC
Students meet an elephant on a field trip to PTWRC
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Animal t-shirts are given as prizes during games
Animal t-shirts are given as prizes during games

Wildlife Alliance’s Kouprey Express Mobile Environmental Education Unit (KE) spent March 30th and 31st educating 144 students about wildlife habitats and protection. KE gave lessons about forests and wildlife protection to 97 students at Hun Sen Krang Ampil Secondary School and 47 students at Chey Oudong Primary School.  At both schools, over half of the students were girls. As a thank you for the lessons, the Alan Campbell Memorial Library that supports both schools performed a puppet show about pangolins. The library has been working with students and community members to create pangolin themed art and theater. With the support of both KE and the local library, these students will have the opportunity to learn more about wildlife and the environment that is greatly needed in Cambodia.

In the month of March alone, KE educated 326 students about wildlife and the importance of protecting it. The unit also conducted Teacher Training Workshops for a total of 60 teachers and community forestry members who are now all empowered to teach others about conservation issues. KE also raised awareness about the importance of stopping wildlife consumption, protecting natural habitats and better waste management in around 600 community members through 2 Community Night Shows.

Thank you for helping the Kouprey Express create lasting change in Cambodia by educating and inspiring the next generation! Your gift is making a difference in improving attitudes about forests and wildlife conservation in Asia.

Learning about elephants!
Learning about elephants!
Interactive games to make learning fun!
Interactive games to make learning fun!
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Classroom lessons with KE
Classroom lessons with KE

In December, Wildlife Alliance’s Kouprey Express Mobile Environmental Education Unit (KE) was invited by Winrock International to conduct wildlife lessons in Kampong Thom, Cambodia under USAID’s Supporting Forests and Biodiversity (SFB) project. Thanks to this important collaboration, KE was able to expand their outreach efforts and spread our conservation message to 191 students and 624 community members in Kompong Thom province. Through lessons and activities, the Kouprey Express works with communities to raise awareness on conservation issues and laws, reduce demand for wildlife, and positively influence attitudes and behaviors towards the environment. The team’s visit was also recently highlighted in a project snapshot by Winrock International.

The December activities are the first of three collaborations with SFB, and the other two events are scheduled for February and March. We are excited to be working with USAID's SFB project to expand our reach in providing conservation education, and look forward to the continued partnership.

Thank you for helping the Kouprey Express continue to spread environmental awareness in Cambodia and inspire a generation of conservation stewards!

Interactive conservation lessons and activities
Interactive conservation lessons and activities
Engaging youth to protect wildlife
Engaging youth to protect wildlife
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Location: New York, NY - USA
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Project Leader:
Elisabeth Gish
Phnom Penh, Cambodia

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