Two endangered ducks rescued

Source: Khmer Times

The two ducks were found exhausted and are now recovering a wildlife conservation centre in Siem Reap province. Supplied

The Environment Ministry and Wildlife Conservation Society officials rescued two white-winged ducks from Preah Vihear’s Kunlen Promtep Wildlife Sanctuary after they were found exhausted and unable to fly.

The WCS said yesterday that the birds were sent to the Angkor Centre for Conservation of Biodiversity in Siem Reap province for care until they can survive in the wild.

Rours Vann, wildlife research team leader for the ministry and WCS, said he got the information from local villagers before dispatching a team to rescue the birds.

“Ensuring local communities have awareness of conservation issues is vital to encourage them to report wildlife information,” he said,

“If they do not understand the importance of wildlife conservation, they might have eaten or sold these ducks.”

The species is listed on the International Union for Conservation of Nature Red List as Globally Endangered. It is on the decline due to disturbances along key stretches of habitat and illegal poaching.

The global population is estimated at 250 to 1,000, and little is known about their numbers in Cambodia.

Project manager of the Siem Reap centre Michael Meyerhoff said that the birds arrived safely and a working group is evaluating and monitoring their health condition.

 

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Eco-tourism site shortlisted for Euro award

Source: Khmer Times

The award comes with a $35,000 prize to boost the tourism site. Supplied

An ecotourism site in Mondulkiri province has been shortlisted alongside four other countries for a $35,000 award from the European Outdoor Conservation Association.

Olly Griffin, a technical adviser with the Wildlife Conservation Society, which runs the Jahoo Gibbon Camp in the province’s Keo Seima Wildlife Sanctuary, said the award would be a big boost to maintain the tourism site.

“If the project wins the vote, the funds will used to support Ministry of Environment ranger patrols around Andong Kraloeng where Jahoo Gibbon Camp is located, and to support gibbon habituation at the community ecotourism project,” Mr Olly said.

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PM sees red over embassy post

Source: Khmer Times

Mr Hun Sen said the US has still not solved issues around the 2.7 million tonnes of bombs it dropped on Cambodia. KT/Mai Vireak

Prime Minister Hun Sen took the US Embassy to task yesterday for posting an image of a red herring on its Facebook page while it pointed to American contributions to saving temples and protecting forests.

In his latest broadside against the US, he asked a graduation ceremony yesterday: “Why did they post a fish, and then go on to talk about other things?”

Mr Hun Sen accused the US of acting as if it believed it was Cambodia’s parents, but did not expand on his comments about the embassy post.

On Friday, the embassy posted a picture of the fish with a caption “Red Herrings KH” without saying anything else.

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Threatened species of deer discovered in trap

Source: Phnom Penh Post

Environmental rangers inspect the carcass of a dead male sambar deer on Friday in Pailin’s Samlot protected area. Photo supplied

Environmental rangers patrolling in Pailin province’s Samlot protected area yesterday recovered the remains of a male sambar deer, which died after being caught in a snare likely set up by local villagers, a NGO worker said.
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Driver to be fined after 150kg of wildlife found

Source: Phnom Penh Post

Illegally transported wildlife is inspected by authorities after being seized in Kampong Chhnang province on Wednesday. Photo supplied

A driver for a local bus operator was taken into custody by Kampong Chhnang Military Police officials after being caught with around 150 kilograms of illegal wildlife, including snakes, civets and turtles.
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Two sanctuaries to be registered as state land

Source: Phnom Penh Post

Asian elephants photographed by a camera trap in Mondulkiri’s Phnom Prich Wildlife Sanctuary in 2009. A new ADB grant is meant to help the government manage the sanctuary. WWF Cambodia

The Ministry of Environment will soon start a pilot programme to register two protected areas – Peam Krasop Wildlife Sanctuary in Koh Kong and Phnom Prich Wildlife Sanctuary in Mondulkiri – as state land in order, the ministry claims, “to completely eliminate all land disputes” in those natural areas.
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Bear rescued from Kampong Chhnang guesthouse

Source: Phnom Penh Post

An Asian black bear is readied for transport after being rescued from a guesthouse in Kampong Chhnang on Tuesday. Photo supplied

An Asian black bear was rescued from a guesthouse in Kampong Chhnang on Tuesday during a raid, an official said yesterday.

The provincial Forestry Administration and members of Wildlife Alliance raided Phkay Prek Guesthouse in Kampong Chhnang town and removed the Asian black bear, making it the second of its kind to be removed from a private property in the past two months.

The animal is listed as vulnerable – just a step above the “endangered” classification – by the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Red List. Continue reading