Raising awareness in wildlife trafficking hotspots
By Jessie Knierim | Development Associate
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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