Authorities sit next to the carcass of an elephant in Mondulkiri province yesterday after it became ensnared in a trap. Photo supplied
Vong Sokheng and Cristina Maza
The Phnom Penh Post, Tue, 26 July 2016
A baby elephant died yesterday after being found snared in a poacher’s trap in the jungle along the border of Orang and Keo Seyma districts in Mondulkiri province.
The death of the wild elephant, thought to be about a year old, raised a red flag for many conservation groups concerned with the ability of local authorities to protect the endangered species.
“This incident again highlights the need to increase efforts to reduce snaring, as the loss of one elephant is a major loss for the globally endangered Asian elephant,” said Un Chakrey of the World Wild Life Foundation in Cambodia, who said the use of snares had only increased despite law enforcement efforts.
Local authorities tried to rescue the baby elephant after villagers reported it trapped deep in the jungle over the weekend, said Meak Vuthy, an official at the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS). But officials were forced to make the long journey by foot as the jungle roads were unsuitable for driving.
It’s unclear how long the elephant was caught in the trap, but it died from a severe leg injury before it could be brought to Phnom Prich Wildlife Sanctuary for treatment. (more…)
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…)