Endangered gibbon born at Angkor Wat

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…)

Posted on: July 10, 2016 9:04 pm

Kratie welcomes baby Irrawaddy dolphin

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.

Posted on: July 4, 2016 10:11 pm