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From Poacher to Protector

From Poacher to Protector
(October 11, 2016)   -   “Previously, I was not aware of the importance of wildlife, and its protection. What I knew was wildlife could provide food for my family or be sold for cash. I used to poach wildlife, such as Red Muntjac, Wild Pig, monitor lizards, and birds for food and sale,” said Neil, a former poacher.

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Posted in: Northern Plains


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

More Than 200 of Cambodia’s Royal Turtles Headed to New Center in Koh Kong
(September 16, 2016)   -   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.

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WCS’s Ecotourism Partner Named Finalist for 2016 World Responsible Tourism Awards

WCS’s Ecotourism Partner Named Finalist for 2016 World Responsible Tourism Awards
(August 29, 2016)   -   Cambodia’s Sam Veasna Center (SVC) has been named one of just 13 finalists in the 2016 World Responsible Tourism Awards at the World Travel Market in London. SVC manages wildlife viewing trips with exclusive access to Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) sites across Cambodia.

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Signing Ceremony of Keo Seima’s REDD+ Carbon Project Agreement

Signing Ceremony of Keo Seima’s REDD+ Carbon Project Agreement
(August 12, 2016)   -   The Royal Government of Cambodia and the Wildlife Conservation Society signed an official Project Agreement for the Keo Seima REDD+ Project (Reduce Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation) today witnessed by H.E. Say Samal, Minister of Environment and U.S. Ambassador William A. Heidt, at the offices of the Ministry of Environment.

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Posted in: Seima Forest


Wildlife-Friendly Ibis Rice Received International Recognition

Wildlife-Friendly Ibis Rice Received International Recognition
(August 08, 2016)   -   This recognition will allow Ibis Rice to be officially labeled as ‘Organic’ in the international market. This means there could be many new opportunities internationally for Ibis Rice in the future.

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Posted in: Northern Plains


Prek Toal Core Area Becomes A Ramsar Site

Prek Toal Core Area Becomes A Ramsar Site
(August 08, 2016)   -   In recognition of the incredible biological, social and economic value of the site, Prek Toal Core Area was designated as a Wetland of International Importance (also known as a ‘Ramsar Site’) by the Royal Government of Cambodia and the Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands in December 2015. This recognition means that Prek Toal becomes Cambodia’s fourth Ramsar Site.  

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Pesticides: a major threat to Cambodia’s wildlife and biodiversity conservation

Pesticides: a major threat to Cambodia’s wildlife and biodiversity conservation
(August 07, 2016)   -   A new report reveals that the use of a very toxic pesticide is killing wild animals and may seriously affect the health of local communities in rural Cambodia.

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Posted in: Northern Plains


Cambodia’s Keo Seima Wildlife Sanctuary Sells First Carbon Credits

Cambodia’s Keo Seima Wildlife Sanctuary Sells First Carbon Credits
(July 26, 2016)   -   The Royal Government of Cambodia, through a long-running partnership with Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), has sold to Disney the first carbon credits from a climate change mitigation project in Keo Seima Wildlife Sanctuary, which encompasses a total area of 292,690 hectares.

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Posted in: Seima Forest


Critically Endangered White-shouldered Ibis Back in the Wild

Critically Endangered White-shouldered Ibis Back in the Wild
(June 16, 2016)   -   Today the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), in partnership with the Ministry of Environment (MoE), the Angkor Centre for Conservation of Biodiversity (ACCB), Sam Veasna Center for Wildlife Conservation (SVC), and Tmatboey Community Eco-tourism Centre released a Critically Endangered White-shouldered Ibis, along with three Spotted Wood-owls, two Crested Serpent-eagles, and one Brown Fish-owl. 

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Posted in: Northern Plains


US State delegation visited Northern Plains of Cambodia

US State delegation visited Northern Plains of Cambodia
(June 12, 2016)   -   An official US State delegation visited Doungphlet Village and the Veal Buntoal Vulture Restaurant Ecotourism Campsite in Chheab Wildlife Sanctuary, Preah Vihear Province. 

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Community Patrol Teams in Seima forest

Community Patrol Teams in Seima forest
(May 30, 2016)   -   There are more than 150 local community members involved in community patrolling activities with support from Forestry Administration (FA) and Military Police (MP) Officials.

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Posted in: Seima Forest


2016 Wildlife Monitoring Season Started

2016 Wildlife Monitoring Season Started
(May 30, 2016)   -   The 2016 monitoring field season began in early December with the teams heading up to the northern transects.

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Posted in: Seima Forest


A helicopter flight over the Eastern Plains Landscape

A helicopter flight over the Eastern Plains Landscape
(May 30, 2016)   -   On the 12th of May WCS staff joined representatives from the Ministry of Environment, Ministry of Interior, USAID, and WWF for a helicopter flight over the Eastern Plains Landscape.

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Posted in: Seima Forest


Strengthening patrol techniques and law enforcement within Protected Areas

Strengthening patrol techniques and law enforcement within Protected Areas
(May 30, 2016)   -   The Ministry of Environment (MoE) in collaboration with the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and supported by the US Forestry Service (USFS), conducted a 6-day practical training course for Sixty-one MoE rangers on strengthening patrol techniques and law enforcement within Protected Areas.

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Posted in: Northern Plains


A new and standardised facility for the IUCN Critically Endangered Royal turtles

A new and standardised facility for the IUCN Critically Endangered Royal turtles
(May 30, 2016)   -   This facility will be serving for both breeding sanctuary and tourist attraction in the long run. 

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An Asiatic softshell turtle was rescued

An Asiatic softshell turtle was rescued
(May 30, 2016)   -   An Asiatic softshell turtle (Amyda cartilaginea, Vulnerable on the IUCN Red List) was confiscated by a Forestry Administration law enforcement team.

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Posted in: Seima Forest


Camera Traps from Two Surveys Reveal an Array of Biodiversity Thriving in the Preah Vihear Protected Forest

Camera Traps from Two Surveys Reveal an Array of Biodiversity Thriving in the Preah Vihear Protected Forest
(May 30, 2016)   -   Camera Traps from Two Surveys Reveal an Array of Biodiversity Thriving in the Preah Vihear Protected Forest.

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Posted in: Northern Plains


A baby great hornbill was found and rescued

A baby great hornbill was found and rescued
(May 30, 2016)   -   A baby great hornbill was found and rescued by community law enforcement team.

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Posted in: Seima Forest


Slow loris was released back to the wild

Slow loris was released back to the wild
(May 30, 2016)   -   A slow loris was rescued by law enforcement team and now released to the wild

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Posted in: Seima Forest


A baby black-shanked douc was rescued

A baby black-shanked douc was rescued
(May 30, 2016)   -   WCS staff received a baby black-shanked douc from a local villager after he was found cowering alone at the bottom of a rubber tree in a plantation.

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Posted in: Seima Forest


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