When walking through the Cardamom Rainforest Landscape, you’re sure to hear the melodious, bird-like duets of monogamous pairs of pileated gibbons [listen here]. These unmistakable calls are heartening for our rangers who patrol the forest daily protecting the largest global population of pileated gibbons (Hylobates pileatus) swinging through the treetops above them. However, poachers also use their unique calls to track these rare small apes.
In Cambodia, the illegal trade of gibbons is largely for the pet trade but the larger threat pileated gibbons are facing is forest loss. These Endangered apes spend 100% of their time in the rainforest canopy so they cannot survive if their home is cut down by loggers.
There is so much to love about gibbons – their mesmerizing calls, their captivating faces, and their incredible grace and agility as they swing through the trees. But, unfortunately, these icons of Southeast Asian forests are disappearing.
Today, October 24, 2019, is International Gibbon Day and a chance to raise awareness of these small apes before it is too late. We’re asking you to join us in protecting the largest global population of pileated gibbons by making a donation today.
How can we save rainforests?
In order to save the rainforest, many of the most popular solutions include education and reforestation. However at Wildlife Alliance, we believe that in addition to these initiatives which are crucial for long term behavior change and mitigating the effects of already lost forest cover, the primary step to protecting the rainforest needs to be effective law enforcement. Our dedicated rangers stop illegal loggers in their tracks and deter forest crimes, leaving the rainforest intact for future generations.
1. Law Enforcement
Constant vigilance is the cost of keeping the Cardamom Rainforest safe and maintaining its high level of biodiversity. Without Wildlife Alliance’s continued support, the Southern Cardamom tropical rainforest is at risk of being cleared for conversion to agriculture, industry and real estate sales. Wildlife Alliance approach has proven successful in maintaining continuous rainforest cover in the Cardamom Mountains, achieved zero elephant poaching since 2006, and supported the recovery of populations of ungulates and small-medium carnivores. Read more
2. Environmental Education
Wildlife Alliance created Cambodia’s only mobile environmental education unit, the Kouprey Express (KE), in 2005. The KE does not just raise awareness or educate people on the value of conservation and biodiversity protection; it fosters positive behavioral changes towards environmental sustainability and actively encourages children and adults to be front line defenders of their natural resources. Read more
Wildlife Alliance’s mission is to counter deforestation and wildlife extinction in the planet’s tropical belt. This goal is achieved through working with communities and governments to implement a comprehensive preservation approach. Read more