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Wildlife at close quarters

Tuesday, April 7th, 2015

Feeling adventurous and want to see at close quarters the work of Wildlife Alliance in Cambodia?

Sopheap the Sun Bear

Sopheap the Sun Bear

The Wildlife Rehabilitation Station is located in protected forest within the Cardamom Mountains in Koh Kong Province. Wildlife Alliance now offer the unique opportunity to stay in locally built chalets in an natural open grassland on site, while participating in one of many activities offered including: hiking to nearby hilltops and swimming in cool streams, setting up camera traps to help document the resident fauna and discovering the wildlife at various stages of release!

During your stay at the Wildlife Release Station, your guide will accompany you into the jungle and nearby surroundings to penetrate regenerating forest protected by Wildlife Alliance and the Cambodian Forestry Administration and situated far from human settlements or disturbance. EcoTour visits can include a variety of activities according to your schedule and all are provided as part of your donation to the Wildlife Release Station.

Savour the jungle:

Enjoy the isolation of the protected forest! Sleep in serenity in spacious thatched chalets and wake up to the sounds of its rare and endangered creatures including the morning call of wild pileated gibbons. Hike through the jungle tracking wildlife with your guide and swim in natural streams surrounded by trees.

Meet their animals:

Come see the wild animals around WRS who have been released by Wildlife Alliance and are making the protected forest their new home, including macaque monkeys, binturongs, civets and birds. Get up close with the bears (including Sopheap the sun bear in our photo) and other rescued animals living at WRS during their soft release, where they stay in safe forested enclosures to acclimatize to their new jungle habitat before release.

Get to know their dedicated staff:

Meet the full-time Cambodian staff rehabilitating and releasing animals rescued from illegal trafficking, raising orphaned animals and protecting the nearby forest. Tour the surrounding jungle with your English speaking guide and help staff set up camera traps and check them the following day for images of bears, binturongs and other wildlife!

For more on Wildlife Alliance’s unique Wildlife Release Station tours, visit http://wildlifealliance.org/page/view/507/wildlife-release-station-tours.

Behind the scenes at Phnom Tamao

Tuesday, February 18th, 2014

 

In the latest video from Hanuman Travel TV, we take a behind the scenes tour to Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center near Phnom Penh, home to more than 1200 animals, including tigers, elephants, bears and much, much more. All profits from this Wildlife Alliance-run tour go towards wildlife conservation work. For a more comprehensive tour of Phnom Penh or the Kingdom of Cambodia, contact the Hanuman Sales team on sales@hanumantourism.com or visit the website at www.hanuman.travel.

Hanuman Films produced this wildlife experience video to support the work of Wildlife Alliance with whom Hanuman enjoys a close working relationship. Hanuman offers a Wild Cambodia itinerary that includes this behind-the-scenes experience at Phnom Tamao, as well as Elephant Valley Project in Mondulkiri, dolphin-spotting in the Mekong River and the Prek Toal Bird Sanctuary.

To book this trip directly with Wildlife Alliance, email wildlifetoursPT@wildlifealliance.org or visit the website at www.wildlifealliance.org.

Giving Wildlife A Helping Hand

Thursday, November 14th, 2013

Wildlife Alliance are offering a great opportunity for animal lovers to help secure a happy and healthy future for rescued animals at the Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center (PTWRC), just outside Phnom Penh in Cambodia.

Chhouk, the Elephant with a prosthetic foot

Chhouk, the Elephant with a prosthetic foot

Animals rescued from the illegal wildlife trade are brought to Phnom Tamao, primarily to be rehabilitated and released back into the wild. In many cases this is possible. Unfortunately some animals cannot be released and are given a permanent home at the Center. Take for example Chhouk, a young male Asian Elephant, found as a baby, wandering alone in the forest in northeastern Cambodia. He had lost a foot to a poachers’ snare, was gravely ill from an infection in his wound, and was severely under-nourished. After caring for him for two weeks in the forest and gaining his trust, WA transported him to PTWRC and were able to heal his wounds. Unfortunately, his foot was gone for good, so they partnered with the Cambodian School of Prosthetics and Orthotics to provide him with a prosthesis, which has changed his life completely. He can now walk normally and has avoided any serious skeletal deformities. He is the first elephant in Cambodia to receive a prosthesis and is a celebrated rescue success story. Or there’s the lively Pursat, the Hairy-Nosed Otter. Pursat was rescued from the province of Pursat on Tonle Sap Lake. He is likely the only hairy-nosed otter in captivity anywhere in the world. Extremely sensitive to stress and pollution, this species is listed as Endangered on the IUCN Red List. We bring unpolluted water from Phnom Penh three times a week, and feed Pursat only live fish in an effort to reduce the chance of toxins entering his system. Pursat is a playful and energetic otter, and is doing really well in his new secluded enclosure.

To support animals like these, and others such as Araeng – the Indochinese Tiger or Bangroul – the Sunda Pangolin, Wildlife Alliance have started a Sponsor An Animal program. There are two levels of sponsorship available: basic and premium. The basic level is $5 per month and the premium level is $20 per month. They seek a 12-month minimum commitment, with each sponsor receiving a certificate, photograph, newsletter and factsheet. We think this is a great way for animal lovers to contribute to the fantastic work that Wildlife Alliance are committed to doing in Cambodia. And of course, you can come and see the animals for yourself, with a Wildlife Experience behind-the-scenes tour of Phnom Tamao with the WA team. You can find out more information on sponsoring an animal at http://www.wildlifealliance.org/page/view/423/sponsor-an-animal.

Into the Southern Cardamoms with Wildlife Alliance

Thursday, October 31st, 2013

Hanuman recently travelled with NGO Wildlife Alliance across and into the Southern Cardamom Mountains in Cambodia.

Wildlife Alliance are dedicated to preserving the tropical forest, wildlife and empowering local communities to earn a sustainable income and protect their own environment. Now, WA are opening their doors and inviting interested observers into see their work at close quarters. Contact Hanuman if you are interested in an inspection tour by helicopter.

The evergreen forest cover in the Southern Cardamoms is stunning - 1.7 million acres, patrolled by Wildlife Alliance's forest rangers, are protected and is thriving

The evergreen forest cover in the Southern Cardamoms is stunning – 1.7 million acres, patrolled by Wildlife Alliance’s forest rangers, are protected and is thriving

Wildlife Alliance's Million Tree Nursery, where 99 species of tree are being cultivated, is helping to replant the forest in the Southern Cardamoms

Wildlife Alliance’s Million Tree Nursery, where 99 species of tree are being cultivated, is helping to replant the forest in the Southern Cardamoms

Despite their best efforts, WA are unable to release tigers at Phnom Tamao Wildlife Center back into the wild for fear of poachers

Despite their best efforts, WA are unable to release tigers at Phnom Tamao Wildlife Center back into the wild for fear of poachers

WA are working in partnership with experts to protect remote burial jar sites deep in the jungle

WA are working in partnership with experts to protect remote burial jar sites deep in the jungle

Sopheap, a 2-year-old sun bear waiting to be released back into the wild, as part of WA's animal release program

Sopheap, a 2-year-old sun bear waiting to be released back into the wild, as part of WA’s animal release program

The evidence room at WA's Chambok Ranger Station containing confiscated chainsaws, snares, guns and timber

The evidence room at WA’s Chambok Ranger Station containing confiscated chainsaws, snares, guns and timber

Overlooking the Southern Cardamoms and listening to the calls of wild gibbons below

Overlooking the Southern Cardamoms and listening to the calls of wild gibbons below

Cardamoms up close

Wednesday, October 16th, 2013

Experience the pristine Cardamoms with an exclusive Wildlife Alliance trip of a lifetime.

The Cardamom Mountains

The Cardamom Mountains

Wildlife Alliance are an international non-profit organization dedicated to preserving the environment, habitat, wildlife and reducing poverty. They are known in Cambodia for their care for endangered and trafficked animals, their innovative wildlife patrols, their efforts to halt deforestation as well as empowering local communities to earn a sustainable income and to preserve their environment. Now, the folks at Wildlife Alliance want to share their successes and challenges in their brand new Southern Cardamoms Experience. Aimed at the upper sector of the tourist market, their 4-day program is packed full of exciting and unique opportunities to experience their ground-breaking work, as well as getting to see a slice of Cambodian life that few have seen before.

It begins with a personalized tour of the Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center, where 1,200 animals are housed in modern, comfortable enclosures. Wildlife Alliance has rescued more than 50,000 animals from poachers and illegal wildlife traders and many find their way to Phnom Tamao before being released back into the wild. An in-depth inspection of the elephant, tiger, bear, gibbon and waterbird enclosures are included. Next on the agenda is a helicopter ride into the Southern Cardamom mountains, a stop-over at a ranger patrol station and a visit to an inaccessible and rare ancient site containing burial jars that have remained undisturbed for centuries.

Another of Wildlife Alliance’s success stories that you will get to see, is the rural community eco-tourism center at Chiphat, which allows the community to derive benefits from tourism and appreciate the long-term incentives to protect the surrounding forest and environment. Planting your own tree at the Million Tree Nursery will precede a spot of lobster night-fishing and an overnight stay at the Koh Sathun ecolodge.

A secret wildlife rehab station, deep in the forest, will give you a first-hand insight into how WA re-introduce animals back into their natural habitat, whilst a patrol boat ride with the rangers will demonstrate the challenges they face  in countering illegal loggers and wildlife traffickers. Wildlife Alliance will also take you to see how they have helped some of the poorest farmers develop sustainable agriculture all year round, before you enjoy the luxury and relaxation offered by the 4 Rivers Floating Lodge on the Tatai River.

If you are interested in finding out more about this unique interactive tour, Hanuman will soon have all the details as we are experiencing it for ourselves this coming weekend. This really is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see the fabulous work that Wildlife Alliance are involved in.

A Unique Cardamoms Experience

Wednesday, June 12th, 2013

Come and experience the pristine Cardamoms with Wildlife Alliance.

Looking over the Cardamom Mountain region

Looking over the Cardamom Mountain region

Wildlife Alliance are an international non-profit organization dedicated to preserving the environment, habitat, wildlife and reducing poverty. They are known in Cambodia for their care for endangered and trafficked animals, their innovative wildlife patrols, their efforts to halt deforestation as well as empowering local communities to earn a sustainable income and to preserve their environment. Now, the folks at Wildlife Alliance want to share their successes and challenges in their brand new Southern Cardamoms Experience. Aimed at the upper sector of the tourist market, their 4-day itinerary is packed full of exciting and unique opportunities to experience their ground-breaking work, as well as getting to see a slice of Cambodian life that few have seen before.

It begins with a personalized tour of the Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center, where 1,200 animals are housed in modern, comfortable enclosures. Wildlife Alliance has rescued more than 50,000 animals from poachers and illegal wildlife traders and many find their way to Phnom Tamao before being released back into the wild. An in-depth inspection of the elephant, tiger, bear, gibbon and waterbird enclosures are included. Next on the agenda is a helicopter ride into the Southern Cardamom mountains, a stop-over at a ranger patrol station and a visit to an inaccessible and rare ancient site containing burial jars that have remained undisturbed for centuries.

Another of Wildlife Alliance’s success stories that you will get to see, is the rural community eco-tourism center at Chiphat, which allows the community to derive benefits from tourism and appreciate the long-term incentives to protect the surrounding forest and environment. Planting your own tree at the Million Tree Nursery will precede a spot of lobster night-fishing and an overnight stay at the Koh Sathun ecolodge.

A secret wildlife rehab station, deep in the forest, will give you a first-hand insight into how WA re-introduce animals back into their natural habitat, whilst a patrol boat ride with the rangers will demonstrate the challenges they face  in countering illegal loggers and wildlife traffickers. Wildlife Alliance will also take you to see how they have helped some of the poorest farmers develop sustainable agriculture all year round, before you enjoy the luxury and relaxation offered by the 4 Rivers Floating Lodge on the Tatai River.

If you are interested in finding out more about this unique interactive tour – Wildlife Alliance also have a six-day itinerary that spends more time in Chiphat and travel is by road rather than by helicopter – contact the Hanuman team at sales@hanumantourism.com. This really is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

On a river patrol with park rangers

On a river patrol with park rangers

Come and Meet Chhouk

Wednesday, April 24th, 2013

One of the highlights of our brand new Phnom Tamao Unique Wildlife Experience that provides a behind-the-scenes insight into the work of the Wildlife Alliance team at their wildlife rescue center, is the chance to meet Chhouk, the celebrity elephant with the prosthetic foot. So what’s Chhouk’s story?

Chhouk, the celebrity elephant with a prosthetic foot

Chhouk, the celebrity elephant with a prosthetic foot

In April 2007, a World Wildlife Fund (WWF) elephant patrol in the Srepok Wilderness Area in remote Northeastern Cambodia came across a young male elephant, seriously emaciated and in obvious pain due to a severe foot injury. No more than a year old, the elephant was alone and having trouble moving around and feeding himself because the bottom portion of his right front leg had been lost, almost surely to a poacher’s snare, and was dangerously swollen and infected. Concerned about the seriousness of the injury and the level of care the elephant would require, WWF and the Cambodian Forestry Administration reached out to Wildlife Alliance and Nick Marx for assessment and assistance.

Nick, Forestry Administration veterinarian Nhim Thy, and two members of the Wildlife Rapid Rescue Team left immediately to make the cross-country trip to Mondulkiri province to assist with this emergent situation. Upon arrival, it was apparent the situation was even worse than advertised. Aggressive and nervous, the elephant was not eating the food that was being supplied to him. After spending time with the elephant, hand feeding him and calming him down, Wildlife Alliance administered immediate treatment to his foot and assessed the extent of the damage. Ultimately, Wildlife Alliance staff spent two weeks in the jungle gaining the elephant’s trust, treating his injuries and malnutrition, and assessing his long-term prospects. The staff recognized that the elephant would never be able to survive on his own in the wild and so arranged for Chhouk (“Lotus Flower”), as he came to be called, to be transported to Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center (PTWRC) where Wildlife Alliance veterinarians and animal husbandry specialists could attend to his special needs.

Chhouk and the team set out on an arduous 26-hour journey through dense forest, on long roads, and through the disorienting experience of traffic in Phnom Penh, on their way to PTWRC. His personal keepers, Mr. Tam and Mr. Sarim, were waiting for him at an enclosure created especially for his needs. It was not immediately certain that Chhouk would survive his injury. With dedicated veterinary care, Wildlife Alliance staff was able to see to the healing of his leg wound and eradication of his infections. He was housed alongside the other four rescued Asian elephants at PTWRC and formed a special bond with Lucky, an older female elephant, who took the youngster under her wing. However, Chhouk’s hardships were not over.

The damage caused by his missing foot was threatening his spine and hips. The stress on elephants’ legs is already great and with Chhouk off balance, he was at risk of developing bone deformities. Wildlife Alliance animal care specialists determined that the only way to address his mobility and pain issues would be to fit him with a prosthetic foot. A partnership was formed with the Cambodian School of Prosthetics and Orthotics, with financial support from the SeaWorld Busch Gardens Conservation Fund, to build Chhouk a prosthesis, the first of its kind in Cambodia. Immediately after being fitted with the foot, Chhouk’s issues improved rapidly. He is now on his fifth foot as he continues to grow and require new prostheses to match his size and boundless energy.

Chhouk’s story and survival against all odds have made him a global ambassador for Asian elephant conservation and the plight of elephants in Cambodia specifically. He has been featured on television programmes all over the globe, as well as innumerable international print media sources. He is much loved in Cambodia, where he is a top attraction for PTWRC’s more than 200,000 visitors each year. As he’s got older, Chhouk has become less predictable and as such, to ensure the safety of his keepers, a steel fence always separates him from his handlers. He has been trained using a reward based system and the worst that can happen is if Chhouk does not do what is required, he does not receive his reward, a banana or an apple. He’s a smart guy who loves his food and has quickly learnt that compliance benefits all. This includes removing his prosthetic foot twice each day. Come and meet Chhouk for yourself as part of Hanuman’s Phnom Tamao Wildlife Experience.

 

Wildlife in Cambodia – up close and personal

Tuesday, April 9th, 2013

Hanuman’s brand new Wildlife Experience in Cambodia, unlike any other in the Indochina region.

Bathing with an elephant

Bathing with an elephant

Phnom Tamao Unique Wildlife Experience

This unique experience provides an incredible insight into the work of the Wildlife Alliance team who protect Cambodia’s wildlife from the threats of poaching, trafficking and cruelty. This full-day adventure offers a close encounter with some of Cambodia’s rarest wildlife and all proceeds from the trip go towards assisting Wildlife Alliance and their Forestry Department colleagues in their work protecting Cambodia’s natural treasures, their fight against the illegal wildlife trade and care for the animals they rescue. This is unlike any other wildlife experience on offer in the region, as it takes the visitor up close to these wonderful animals in the company of conservation experts.

Departing from Phnom Penh, the journey to Phnom Tamao includes a stop at a local market to buy some fruit to feed the elephants and other animals on arrival. Once at the Rescue Centre, visitors will join the elephants for a walk in the forest and feed them some fruit snacks. They will then visit the elephant enclosure to learn more about the reward-based training given to the elephants to improve the manner in which they are cared for. Guests will also meet a rescued elephant who lost his foot to a snare. He now has a prosthetic limb. It is also possible to have your very own elephant painting t-shirt, ‘trunk-painted’ while you wear it.

Guests then continue to the tiger enclosures to meet the big cats personally and watch them playing with enrichment items. Other wildlife in this area includes the incredible binturong or bearcat, one of the lesser known animals in Cambodia. Later there is the chance to visit the rehabilitation section of the rescue centre which is not open to the general public. Here there is the opportunity to help feed one of the young residents of the centre such as a baby jackal or leopard cat or play with the many mischievous baby macaques. A picnic lunch is then enjoyed in a private area close to the compound of the hairy-nosed otter, an animal so difficult to care for he is probably the only one currently in captivity anywhere in the world.

In the afternoon, there is the chance to explore the vast water bird aviary, home to some of Cambodia’s rare avian life and to walk around the nearby Lakeside area where sambar deer roam. There are also large water birds resident here, including the lesser adjutant stork, listed by IUCN as Vulnerable. These birds are breeding freely in the forest surrounding the Rescue Centre.

This really is a one-of-a-kind experience for visitors that have a passion for wildlife and its conservation. It might get dirty for those that don’t mind mucking in, particularly with the elephants or baby macaques, but for those that want to learn more about wildlife and the hard work that goes into its protection, there is no better experience in the region. And all proceeds go towards the conservation and protection of Cambodia’s threatened wildlife. By supporting this unique experience, you are contributing to sustainable conservation in Cambodia. Contact Hanuman for more details including pricing of this brand new joint venture with Wildlife Alliance, who kindly supplied the photographs.

Trunk painting t-shirts

Trunk painting t-shirts

Feeding Sambar deer

Feeding Sambar deer