Juvenile and adult Asian elephants photographed by a camera trap in Phnom Prich Wildlife Sanctuary in 2009. WWF Cambodia
Bun Sengkong, The Phnom Penh Post
Fri, 22 July 2016
World Wildlife Fund for Cambodia and the Ministry of Environment launched a glossy, 76-page picture booklet about the Phnom Prich Wildlife Sanctuary in Mondulkiri province yesterday, with the goal of educating the public about the benefits of protecting wildlife and countering poaching.
The booklet, which took more than a year to produce, highlights in photos and text rare and endangered species in the sanctuary. It also features the tiger, which the NGO plans to reintroduce into the Eastern Plains Landscape.
WWF-Cambodia printed 500 books in Khmer and 300 in English, which will be distributed to schools, universities and state institutions, according to spokesman Un Chakrey. He added that the NGO planned to print more copies, but did not know when.
“It is very important to know which protected areas have which natural resources. The Ministry of Environment has done a lot, but the dissemination is still limited,” said Kong Kim Sreng, head of terrestrial protected areas at the ministry. “The launch of the Phnom Prich profile today shows the public as well as other institutions what kind of animals are left in each area.” (more…)
A baby pileated gibbon hangs from its mother in the Siem Reap Angkor Archaeological Park. Apsara Authority
Khouth Sophak Chakrya and Donna M Airoldi
The Phnom Penh Post, Mon, 11 July 2016
A second pair of endangered pileated gibbons released into the forest near Angkor Wat last year have had a baby.
The Apsara Authority posted news of the recently arrived baby on its website over the weekend.
Wildlife Alliance director of rescue care and release Nick Marx said the organisation had tried to keep the news quiet, as the first weeks of a newborn’s life were “a delicate time”.
“With so much bad news in the world, it’s understandable that people would want to share this bit of good news,” reasoned Marx, who added that the gender of the newborn would not be clear for at least four years.
“You can’t tell until it reaches maturity – if the colour turns black, it’s a male; if it stays brown, it’s female,” he said.
The gender of the baby born to the first pair of gibbons released in the park in September 2014 also remains unknown.
Years of civil war and poaching wiped out the gibbon and other species from the area. (more…)
Authorities inspect the body of a gaur on Monday after it was found snared in Pailin province’s Samlot protected area. Photo supplied
Phak Seangly, The Phnom Penh Post
Wed, 6 July 2016
Two rare gaurs, a mother and a female calf, died on Monday in Pailin province’s Samlot protected area after being caught in snares. Military and environmental unit rangers, plus officers from the Maddox Jolie-Pitt Foundation, found the endangered wild cattle trapped near each other while on patrol on Monday morning.
The calf had already died, but the mother was still alive, said Thorn Kimhong, director of the Samlot protected area. “[It] might have been trapped [for up to] four days without food and water.”
Chan Socheat, operational manager for the Maddox Jolie-Pitt Foundation, said rangers, afraid of being gored, contacted Wildlife Alliance to save the animal, but it died before they arrived. “We don’t have any equipment to rescue it, but experts could give it sedatives,” Socheat said.
The year-old calf managed to free itself from one snare only to be caught by another, Kimhong said, adding that rangers were searching for more snares as some villagers still poach animals secretly.
More than 4,000 families live in the protected area, which covers 60,000 hectares, along with about 100 gaurs. It is patrolled by only 30 rangers.
This incident brought to three the number of gaur killed in the area this year by poachers, Kimhong said.
A newborn baby Irrawaddy dolphin swims in the Mekong River in Kratie province last month. WWF-Cambodia
Jack Davies, The Phnom Penh Post
Tue, 5 July 2016
Cambodia’s dwindling population of critically endangered Irrawaddy dolphins has increased by one.
World Wildlife Fund Cambodia spokesman Un Chakrey yesterday said a newborn dolphin calf, probably only a little more than a week old, was spotted on June 6 in Kampi pool, located in the Mekong River about 15 kilometres north of Kratie town.
The pool is home to about 20 of the last remaining 80 Irrawaddy river dolphins in Cambodia. Irrawaddy river dolphins give birth only once every two to three years.
The WWF believes damming projects – particularly Laos’s Don Sahong dam, which sits on the Mekong just 2 kilometres from the Cambodian border, pose a particular threat to the species.
Around three quarters of the increase in CO2 levels from human activity over the last 20 years is from the burning of fossil fuels. The rest is made up largely of land use changes such as deforestation. Source: Science Facts
Banteng, a species of wild cattle found in Cambodia, graze on forest foliage in the Kingdom’s Eastern Plains in 2010. WWF
Igor Kossov, The Phnom Penh Post
Wed, 8 June 2016
Multiple animal species are in “dramatic decline” on Cambodia’s Eastern Plains as a result of habitat loss, road incursion, insufficient law enforcement and poaching, the World Wildlife Fund said in a statement yesterday.
“Camera traps and other scientific research show a big loss of wild animals over the last years,” the statement said.
At a workshop held yesterday in Mondulkiri, the WWF told national, provincial, district and community authorities that a stronger emphasis on law enforcement was necessary.
“We are still facing immense problems to combat biodiversity loss,” WWF’s Eastern Plains manager Moul Phath said in the statement.
The Eastern Plains cover most of Mondulkiri and parts of its neighbouring provinces. The WWF could not be reached yesterday to provide exact figures of animal loss or which species are the most threatened.
Wildlife Conservation Society country director Ross Sinclair yesterday said the species in decline included wild pigs and bantengs. But, he added, since snares were the preferred poaching method across the country, many animals and birds fell victim. (more…)