Wildlife Alliance rehabilitates animals rescued from Cambodia's illegal trade at Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center. After a period of care, ~80% are released into protected habitat. Animals unsuited for release are provided a permanent home in large, natural enclosures customized to their needs. Threatened species with good release prospects are able to bond and mate. Captive-bred offspring are released to bolster wild populations and species once extirpated are reintroduced to native sites.
Animals rescued from the illegal wildlife trade need specialized rehabilitation. Some suffer permanent physical or psychological injuries and require expensive, lifelong care. Phnom Tamao houses over 1,200 animals from 100+ species. Every month, new rescues arrive and rehabilitated wildlife is released. No animal in need is ever turned away. Our project ensures each receives humane, quality care, including disabled elephant Chhouk whose foot was snared as a calf and now has a prosthetic shoe.
Our project ensures proper veterinary and daily care, increasing the chances that rescued animals survive and are released. Animals at the Centre thrive in large enclosures set within surrounding forest, are fed natural diets, have enrichment opportunities, and are deeply loved by our dedicated staff. The stories of resident ambassador animals educate ~300,000 visitors/year about the illegal wildlife trade and model humane captive care in contrast to the cruelty of many local zoos and circuses.
Your donations ensure rescued animals are properly rehabilitated and either released into well-protected habitat or provided permanent sanctuary. Without this project, many would not survive. Released animals bring wildlife back to the forest, helping Cambodia's depleted populations to recover. Khmer-English exhibits and signage foster appreciation for Cambodia's native fauna in visitors and educate people about why they should not participate in any aspect of the illegal wildlife trade.
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