I have just returned home from an incredible week on a “Behind the Scenes Tour” with For The Animals, an Australian charity that funds conservation field projects in Southeast Asia protecting endangered wildlife and their habitat. Currently their main project and field partner in Cambodia is Wildlife Alliance (WA).
Meeting the Community Anti-poaching Unit.
Wildlife Alliance rescues animals from the illegal trade and animals that are illegally held and rehabilitates them as they are often injured. Approximately 80% of the animals are released back into the wild. The ones that cannot be released will live out their life in a wonderful WA sanctuary near Phnom Penh. After 15 years of working with the Cambodian government, WA’s founder Suwanna Gauntlett assisted in the creation of just over 1 million acres in the Southern Cardamon Mountains being designated as a National Forest! Before that she worked tirelessly to stop numerous companies (palm plantations, power plants, titanium mines, etc.) from coming in and destroying the forest for industry. WA has developed a very effective ranger patrol team that protects this area from poachers of animals and timber. They also remove the awful snares that trap the animals. Additionally, WA has set up villages with eco-tourism and alternative sources of income to discourage poaching by families as a means of support. These projects are very successful because the approach to conservation is so comprehensive.
A great hornbill at the Wildlife Release Station.
One of the ways FTA raise money for these projects is with the one week behind the scenes tours to visits the animals, the WA projects including the eco-village Chi Pat as well as the temples at Angkor Wat in Siem Reap.
We just completed a tour with a lovely family… three generations. I think they will remember this trip forever.
Meeting Lucky the Asian elephant at the Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center.
An indochinese tiger at the Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center.
If you love animals and have an interest in coming on one of the tours, please don’t hesitate.
If you are moved to make a donation, no donation is too small. 100% of your donations will go directly to the animals and their support! If you are in Australia your donations are 100% deductible.
February 2017 Donor Trip