Camera Trap Footage in the Cardamom Protected Forest Remarkable camera trap footage showing a large group of wild Asian elephants
Siamese Crocodile station – Chhay Areng
Wildlife Alliance manages 8 ranger stations with an average of 8,000 of patrols covering 119,552 km each year. These rangers have the responsibility of arresting poachers,and loggers inside protected forest.
The constant presence on the ground makes our rangers to be unpredictable. The poachers and loggers feel hunted, they abandon their camps, clothes, chainsaws and guns and run away. Everything is dismantled and the evidence confiscated.
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July 21, 2018 – Green Peafowl (Sre Ambel) team received an alert at 02:23 AM from a motion detecting trail camera (DS07). The rangers intercepted the boat and one persons caring luxury timber 3.2 m3 hidden under a lair of construction timber. The man was prosecuted and jailed for illegal luxury timber transportation.
The trail cameras are installed on rivers and send pictures to the rangers in real-time, to monitor and intercept suspicious activities.
Relentless heavy rains this week caused massive flooding throughout much of western Cambodia. The village of Chi Phat, which Wildlife Alliance helps support through a community-based ecotourism program, was completely submerged in water, affecting 200 families. Wildlife Alliance Rangers took rice and other provisions to the affected families, many of which had to be delivered by boat. The rangers also checked on the welfare of the community members and transported an individual to the hospital because his boat was broken, leaving him stranded in his home.
Wildlife Alliance has been re-wilding the victims of the illegal wildlife trade since 2001. The second pair of endangered pileated gibbons that we released in the forests around Angkor Wat, gave birth this month – July 2016. The good news about the birth of the baby gibbon was published in the Rasmei Kampuchea, Phnom Penh Post and Cambodia Daily.
I am Suwanna Gauntlett.
I would like to share with you the challenges that I encounter in my job, protecting wildlife and rainforests in developing countries. I work in locations where action is needed the most, where wildlife is being decimated and rainforests are being burned down… not for survival of local people, but for greed of only a few.
Currently I lead a law enforcement team protecting one of the last great rainforests in Asia, the Cardamom Mountains. In 2001, I created an urban wildlife police that arrests illegal wildlife traders on national roads and borders and has seized 60,000 live animals and 39 tons of body parts/bushmeat. In 2002, I helped establish a forest ranger police that cracks down on illegal logging networks and wildlife poaching rings throughout the rainforest of the Cardamoms.
Born in San Francisco, I grew up in Brazil and France and have been saving animals since I can remember. This is a very special job and a very dangerous one. Many illegal forestland owners, heads of illegal logging rings, and wildlife kingpins resent me and my team for destroying their profits. Free profits from nature.
The Phnom Penh Post, a local newspaper here, issued today an article from my Facebook page “Coffee Trade Kills Civets”. I’d like to share with you what this is about: “In a call for arms, Wildlife Alliance detailed how atrocious practices saw palm civets barbarically hunted in protected forests, caged and force-fed coffee berries to meet recent spike in demand. The highly sought-after product, also known as Kopi Luwak, involves collecting coffee cherry pips from the feces of the palm civet to grind into coffee. Rangers in the Cardamom Conservation Corridor extracted roughly 936 snares designed to entrap the civets from the Cardamom Mountains. An officer (Suwanna Gauntlett) from the Wildlife Rapid Rescue Team (WRRT) said hunters trapped the mammals by tempting them with fresh pineapple, but the snares often had disastrous results. “When we are able to save civets from the hunter traps, we often have to amputate them for them to survive.”
On June 27, 2016 the rangers from Sre Ambel station swiftly intercepted to save 23 water dragons lives that were illegally transported in a white fishing net bag on a motorbike. As the rangers caught up to stop them, the offenders tossed the bag away on the dirt road and escaped. After assessing their health, these reptiles were released back into the protected forest.