WCS Cambodia

Natural Resource Management

Illegal Electro-fishing Killing Royal Turtle

An adult female Royal Turtle was killed by illegal electro-fishing in the Sre Ambel area last week. The dead turtle, which is over 11 years old and weighs 9kg, was found dead along ​the Kaong River.

Nut Menghor Has Spent Over 10 Years Researching Wildlife in Keo Seima Wildlife Sanctuary

Wildlife research and monitoring is a very difficult task and always presents challenges, but due to his commitment and dedication to conservation, Nut Menghor has spent more than 10 years researching key wildlife species in Keo Seima Wildlife Sanctuary, Mondulkiri province, providing important information to protected area managers.

Sarus Cranes return to the Northern Tonle Sap Protected Landscape

These are the first of at least 50 Sarus Cranes that return to the site every year, making the NTSPL a critical habitat for Sarus Crane, as well as the most important breeding site for the Critically Endangered Bengal Florican.

Stakeholders Worked Together to Verify Locations for Wildlife Sanctuary Demarcation

Without clear demarcation, land grabbing, illegal logging and agricultural expansion by migrants is a constant danger.

Over One Hundred Sarus Cranes Return to Ang Trapeang Thmor Protected Landscape

One hundred and fifteen Sarus Cranes have returned to Ang Trapeang Thmor Protected Landscape (ATTPL) in Banteay Meanchey province for feeding after their breeding season is over.

Endangered Turtles Were Rescued and Released Into the Wild

Ten Vulnerable Malayan Snail-eating Turtles and an Endangered Yellow-headed Temple Turtle  were rescued in Prek Toal Core Area and Ramsar Site.

White-shouldered Ibis Nests Located in the Northern Plains

So far this year, three nests of the Critically Endangered White-shouldered Ibis (Pseudibis davisoni) have been located in Kulen Promtep Wildlife Sanctuary, of the Northern Plains of Cambodia.

Five Community Protected Areas Are Established

Recognising the important role of those forest resources for wildlife protection and local livelihoods, MoE issued five PRAKAS on 09th December 2016 establishing those five forest areas as Community Protected Areas (CPAs)(total of more than 8,400 ha).

Cambodia’s Sam Veasna Center Wins World Responsible Tourism Awards 2016

Sam Veasna Center (SVC) has been named the Gold Winner in the ‘Best Contribution to Wildlife Conservation’ Category at the 2016 World Responsible Tourism Awards.

Combating Wildlife Crime in Cambodia

WCS announced today the completion of a training course for twenty government staff members, including protected area directors, law enforcement team leaders and advisors on law enforcement, as part of its support to counter-wildlife trafficking work in Cambodia.

Twenty-five Cambodia’s Royal Turtles Headed to Wildlife Conservation Center in Siem Reap

Twenty-five Royal Turtles have settled into their new home at the Angkor Centre for Conservation of Biodiversity (ACCB) in Siem Reap. This move creates a second captive population after 206 turtles were moved to the Koh Kong Reptile Conservation Centre in Mondul Seima district of Koh Kong Province in September.

More Than 200 of Cambodia’s Royal Turtles Headed to New Center in Koh Kong

WCS in partnership with the Fisheries Administration (FiA) announced today that it is transferring 206 of Cambodia’s national reptiles—known as  Royal Turtles—to a new purpose-built breeding and conservation center in Mondol Seima district of Koh Kong province. The new facility will be named the Koh Kong Reptile Conservation Centre.

A new and standardised facility for the IUCN Critically Endangered Royal turtles
This facility will be serving for both breeding sanctuary and tourist attraction in the long run. 
NGOs Support Royal Government of Cambodia to Designate Almost One Million Hectares of New Protected Areas
Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), Wildlife Alliance (WA), BirdLife International, Conservation International (CI), Flora and Fauna International (FFI) and The Center for People and Forests (RECOFTC) have expressed their strong support for the Royal Government of Cambodia’s (RGC) decision through Ministry of Environment (MoE) to designate almost one million hectares of new protected areas in Prey Lang, Kravanh Khang Tbong, Prey Preah Roka, Prey Siem Pang Khang Lech and Prey Veunasai.
Cambodia’s Royal Turtle Facing Increased Threats to Survival

Listed on IUCN Red List of Threatened Species as Critically Endangered – the highest threat level - the Royal Turtle is one of the world’s 25 most endangered tortoises and freshwater turtles. The Royal Turtle is so named because in historical times only the Royal Family could consume its eggs. Until now, the species has been designated as Cambodia’s National Reptile by Royal Decree issue on 21 March 2005. 

Villagers begin timber inventory on pioneering community forestry project
Community forestry groups recently began an inventory of timber and other forest resources in the buffer zone of the Seima
Law Enforcement Training
WCS facilitated two law enforcement training courses in Cambodia during