When we release animals back into the wild, we usually implement a “soft release” strategy, meaning our keepers continue to provide the released animal supplemental food as they transition to the wild. Some animals never look back once they are released, while others like great hornbill (Buceros bicornis), Joa, take full advantage of the food our keepers provide them. Joa (meaning ‘sap’ or ‘resin’) was rescued as a chick by the Wildlife Rapid Rescue Team in 2016 from a market outside of the Phnom Penh and was soon taken to the Wildlife Release Station in his natural habitat in the Cardamom Rainforest where he was cared for and eventually released. Joa, seen here waiting for keeper Soeun to come back and make his breakfast after feeding the sun bears, is still a regular around camp. He visits the guest chalet area less and less but he’s never far away from the keepers’ camp and is taking the daily supplementary food provided for him. He still spends his nights close by but days freely roaming around in the forests surrounding the Station. He’s a pleasure and delight to have around for the staff and our guests and will always have food at the Station as he gradually gets used to being a wild bird!
(CNN) Across Southeast Asia, wild animals are being hunted out of existence to feed growing demand for bushmeat, according to conservationists. Thomas Gray, science director with conservation group Wildlife Alliance, which operates in Cambodia, says that snares — simple traps made of wire and rope — have become the single biggest threat to ground-dwelling animals in Cambodia, Vietnam and Laos over the last decade.
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Homemade guns are popular among the poachers in Cambodia, used in illegal hunting and sometimes against our Rangers.
This morning, during a patrol inside the Cardamom Forest, our Rangers from Sre Ambel Patrol Station confiscated a homemade gun. The woman handed it over to the rangers and received only a three-strikes contract.
It takes a piece of wood, an aluminium tube and iron pellets to create a deadly weapon.
While on a deep wilderness patrol, Wildlife Alliance rangers from the Gibbon Station collected 85 wildlife snares and confiscated 2 chainsaws used for illegal logging.
One evening in April, Wildlife Alliance received a call from animal advocate and rescuer Yulia Khouri of Animal Mama. A Critically Endangered Sunda pangolin had just been brought to her veterinary offices after being rescued from a Chinese restaurant in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. The wild animal arrived in critical condition and was immediately given oxygen and fluids at the vet clinic. Pangolins are notoriously difficult to care for due to their strict diet of ants and termites – food not kept on hand at the clinic! Wildlife Alliance’s head keeper at Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center drove into the city that night with a heap of ants from the rescue center. By night’s end, the traumatized pangolin was climbing up doorframes and exploring – a good sign of her determined resiliency.
The next day, our Wildlife Rapid Rescue Team transported the pangolin from the Animal Mama facilities to our Wildlife Release Station in the heart of the Cardamom Rainforest. There, the pangolin has been recovering the last few months in a large pre-release enclosure in her natural habitat. She is now fully ready to return to the wild. Because pangolins are the most trafficked mammals on the planet and are highly targeted by poachers, we want to ensure the safest release possible. Our vet visited the release station and a tracking device to one of her scales. Once she has completely adjusted to the radio transmitter and the rains slow a bit, allowing for better tracking, her enclosure door will be opened and she can roam into the forest as she pleases. Her wild home will be in an area protected by our Forest Protection Program and by a Community Ani-Poaching Unit. The radio transmitting device will allow WRS staff to monitor her movements and ensure her safe transition into the wild.
There are so few Sunda pangolins remaining in the world that every one we can return to the wild is a victory for their conservation.