These images and video show Chinese Serow Capricornis milneedwardsii a species of wild goat which occurs in hill forests across mainland South East Asia. IUCN listed as Near Threatened, largely as a result of hunting for food and medicine, Serow blood is used in traditional Cambodian medicine to treat a number of ailments. As a result, the species has been heavily targeted by hunters and is now restricted to a few remote forest sites largely in the Cardamom Mountains. In this amazing photo and video a young Serow suckles on her mother before the pair disappear into the night forest.
Wildlife Alliance has been conducting scientific camera-trapping in the remote corners of the Southern Cardamom Landscape, part of the largest intact area of tropical evergreen rain forest in mainland South-east Asia, and a landscape significant for biodiversity and critical for ecosystem services. More than 8,000 camera-trap nights from more than 60 locations have revealed previously unseen insights into the status and behavior of some of the Kingdom’s most threatened species of mammal and bird.
In June of 2018, we received a young Sun Bear cub from Stung Treng province after he was donated to another NGO, Birdlife International, by a villager. Given he was only approximately 4 months old, we immediately transferred Micah to our Wildlife Release Station in the Cardamom Mountains to give him the best chance of being released back into the wild. Micah still required milk formula when he arrived at WRS but the staff has started introducing him to solids. He takes daily walks in the forest with his keepers where he is learning to climb trees, build nests and forage for termites and ants to eat! Micah now shares the 1-hectare open-top enclosure with our adult female sun bear, Sopheap, who we hope will become his surrogate mother!
You can now help us care for Micah as he grows and learns the skills he will need in the wild for just $5, $10, or $20 a month. In return, you’ll receive exclusive quarterly updates on his progress!
Wildlife Alliance rangers rescued an infant Silver Langur (Trachypithecus germaini) and a turtle from poachers. The rangers immediately released the turtle back into the protected habitat but the young langur, separated from its mother by poachers, was too young and not able to be released. All silvered langur infants are born with bright orange pelage that changes to a grey color within 3-5 months after birth. The Wildlife Rapid Rescue Team picked up the langur from the ranger station and transported it to the Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center nursery for care. There, our dedicated staff are providing round-the-clock care for the infant and will introduce it to a troop of other rescued langurs.
The Indochinese silvered langur is globally Endangered and is listed in Appendix II of CITES. The silver langur is threatened mainly by hunting for subsistence, traditional medicine, and the pet trade. Their habitat is also disappearing and is becoming increasingly fragmented due to agricultural expansion. Our forest rangers patrol the Cardamom Rainforest Landscape to ensure these endangered primates are protected from poachers and the forest canopy remains unfragmented.
Axel update! Last week, nursery keepers moved Axel, a juvenile pigtail macaque, into a socialization enclosure with several other macaques. He is relearning to interact with members of his own species and working out where he fits in a hierarchical society. The keepers are keeping a close eye on him during this transitional period but he seems to be doing well in his new group!
Six Asian water monitors were saved and released back into the wild by Wildlife Alliance rangers from the Green Peafowl station (Sre Ambel)
Rangers rescued an infant macaque from a poacher in the Cardamom Rainforest. The young monkey was stolen from the wild and from it’s mother’s care to be sold into the wildlife trade. After confiscating the monkey, Wildlife Alliance rangers made sure she was fed and transported her Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center where she will be introduced to a troop of other young, misfit macaques and begin her journey back to the wild.
A simple brake cable for motorbikes can kill a tiger, a bear, even a young elephant in Southeast Asia. Local hunters use these ubiquitous wires to create snares – indiscriminate forest traps – that are crippling and killing Southeast Asia’s most charismatic species and many lesser-known animals as well. A fact from a paper in Biodiversity Conservation highlights the scale of this epidemic: in Cambodia’s Southern Cardamom National Park rangers with the Wildlife Alliance removed 109,217 snares over just six years.