On December 4th, the WRRT responded to a call on Wildlife Alliance’s 24-hour rescue hotline number about a sun bear cub being kept illegally. The caller, who lives in Phnom Penh, found the bear hidden illegally on his second property in Stung Treng province. When the team arrived, they found the cub in appalling conditions, locked up in a small cage and malnourished. They provided it with necessary food and care while transporting it directly to Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center (PTWRC). Another important rescue occurred on December 19th, when the WRRT responded to a call from a concerned citizen about a gibbon being kept as a pet by a family in Kampot. Pileated gibbons are listed on the IUCN Red List as Endangered, making this a high priority rescue. The team successfully confiscated the animal, and educated the owners about the consequences of illegally keeping wildlife. The young animal was then taken to PTWRC to be rehabilitated and cared for.

Due to lack of education and knowledge of laws governing wildlife, animals kept as pets are often kept in horrendous conditions, subjected to cramped spaces and poor diets. However, Wildlife Alliance’s Anti-Trafficking Campaign, using billboards and Public Service Announcements, has helped improve awareness and the number of calls reporting on illegal wildlife has increased. Last month, a total of 97 calls were made to the rescue hotline. Of those, 37 were from informants, 22 from local Forestry Administration offices, and 38 from the general public. Without these tips, it would be impossible for the team to conduct nearly as many raids and rescue operations. Thank you for supporting the WRRT in the past, we hope you will continue to support the team and help them raise awareness, rescue animals and put an end to the cruel wildlife trade by making another gift!

The WRRT is a Forestry Administration law enforcement unit led by the Forestry Administration, in cooperation with the Military Police, with technical and financial support from Wildlife Alliance.