WCS Tiger conservation activities in Cambodia centre on the Seima Protection Forest (SPF), a globally important area for biodiversity conservation located in Mondulkiri province in the east of Cambodia. SPF is thought to be one of the few areas in Cambodia to contain a potentially recoverable population of tigers.
Although the resident population of tigers is still critically low in the SPF, the area is contiguous with a network of five other protected areas that together form a vast forested landscape of over 10,000 km2. Tigers are known to persist in several parts of this wider landscape.The forests of the SPF are also ideal tiger and tiger prey habitat. Wildlife surveys conducted in the 2007-2008 field season show that there are viable populations of tiger prey species within the SPF, and that other wildlife species, such as primates, are also recovering.
Activities so far have focused on developing a law enforcement programme to protect the remaining populations of Tigers and their prey. The effectiveness of these interventions is monitored through the use of specialised computer software, while their long-term impact on wildlife populations is monitored through a ecological monitoring program.