Is the Asian elephant an endangered species?
Even where suitable habitat exists, poaching remains a threat to elephants in many areas. In 1989, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) banned the international trade in ivory.
Why Asian elephant is endangered?
They also have much smaller tusks. The largest threats to the Asian elephant are poaching and habitat loss. Their tusks are worth a lot of money on the black market, so large-tusked males are in constant danger of being poached. Elephants are also captured alive for domestic use, such as tourist attractions.
What is the habitat of the Asian elephant?
Asian elephants inhabit grasslands, tropical evergreen forests, semi-evergreen forests, moist deciduous forests, dry deciduous forests and dry thorn forests, in addition to cultivated and secondary forests and scrublands. Over this range of habitat types elephants occur from sea level to over 3,000 m (9,800 ft).
Our goal is to restore wild populations and ensure that wild animals stay in the wild. We are documenting the recovery of wildlife species in the Cardamom Mountain Range (Cambodia’s largest tropical rainforest) that we have been protecting for over a decade. Wildlife populations were decimated and the forest was ravaged prior to our arrival. Thanks to systematic ranger law enforcement, animals such as this clouded leopard can be seen again.
Kouprey Express team participated in Youth Debate on Environment at MoE that has around 130 participants on the debate stage.Taught lessons on wildlife and habitat conservation to 123 (65 female) students as follows:
98 (54 female) students at Tiny Toones (NGO) in Phnom Penh.
25 (11 female) students at Empowering Youth in Cambodia (NGO) in Phnom Penh.
Hosted environmental booths for two MoE events that had an estimated audience of 5,500 as follows:
About 500 children from 8 orphanages joined the event at Union of Youth Federation of Cambodia, Phnom Penh.
About 5,000 people in National Career and Productivity Fair event in Phnom Penh.
Conducted two PTWRC Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center trips as follows:
86 students and teachers from Tiny Toones.
32 students and teachers from Empowering Youth in Cambodia.Oct 16:Kouprey Express team participated in the Youth Debate on Environment at the Ministry of Environment (MoE) in Phnom Penh. The debate was sponsored by Wildlife Alliance, Amrit Microfinance Institution, and The NGO Forum. The all-day debate was the semi-finals with 130 MoE staff and university students participating in the televised event on Apsara TV. The KE was on hand to provide information as needed and also arranged our wildlife mascots to distribute wildlife rescue number sticker to the audience during break time.
GPDS (Global Park Defence System) respond to an trail camera alert 02:24 AM. The rangers intercepted the motorbike carrying 0.7 m3 Troset. Troset (non luxury timber) is used mainly for furniture.
From the eyes of a poacher, hunting wildlife by snares is cheap, easy, and nearly impossible to get caught.
They can set hundreds of traps in a day, leave for a few days, and come back to see discover their prizes. However, snares are one of the most detrimental and least sustainable forms hunting. With forest floors littered with snares, any animal can get caught and it is a slow and torturous death. As the animal struggles, the snare gets tighter and there is no escape. The abundance of snares and their indiscriminate nature has decimated wildlife in Southeast Asia.
In September the keepers at our Wildlife Release Station were delighted to discover that resident pangolin, Lucy, had given birth! Lucy was rescued after losing a front and hind foot in a poacher’s snare. Thankfully, she has recovered and avoided being added to the statistic that over a million pangolins have been illegally traded in the last decade – resulting in them being the most trafficked mammal on earth. While Lucy has stayed under the watchful care of her keepers, she has mothered multiple pups that have since been released into the wild.
Father, Thom, was brought to the Wildlife Release Station in May after Wildlife Alliance rangers rescued him from the hands of a poacher. When ready he will be released back into a protected area of the Cardamom Rainforest. In the meantime, he is keeping a watchful eye over Lucy and their new baby.
Once the pup grows up, our keepers will prepare her for a life in the wild and will track her following her release. For now, they continue to provide ants and termite mounds from the forest to make sure the little one grows up learning how to forage. Sunda pangolins are critically endangered – the highest extinction warning given – due to their high value in the wildlife trade. Every pangolin we can release back into the wild and keep out of the hands of poachers is vital to the survival of the species. You can help us provide permanent care for Lucy and any pup she mothers be becoming a monthly sponsor.
Luxury timber is confiscated by Wildlife Alliance rangers patrolling the Cardamom Rainforest. The massive demand for luxury timber furniture from Thnung across South-East Asia is driving the illegal logging in these forests. The effective way to deter this is to put boots on the ground and make sure the illegal loggers are caught and the timber they have is confiscated and stored in a well-guarded Ranger Station storage.