In line with its commitment to protect the forest
and wildlife in Cambodia's South Cardamom National Park, the
Shinta Mani Wild continues to fund a team of 8 Wildlife Alliance
Rangers and the Ranger Station at the camp to support them in
their important mission, despite the luxury tented camp being
temporarily closed to guests.
Sangjay Choegyal, the camp’s former General
Manager joined the rangers as a volunteer and in a recent 4 day
patrol deep inside the National Park, they confiscated 8
chainsaws, 2 mini tractors, dismantled 16 logging camps, found
remains of numerous poached animals and confiscated nearly 20
cubic meters of luxury timber that was on it’s way to the black
A statistics board at the camp shows the number of
various items confiscated and animals saved and is updated daily.
So far, over 1,819 snares have been removed, 10 fires put out, 80
chainsaws and 1,632 pieces of illegal timber recovered, 4 guns confiscated
298 illegal fences dismantled.
More than 76 turtles and 7 civet cats, along with
several other animals, have also been rescued.
“Some of Cambodia’s, and the world’s most
endangered species still call the Cardamom mountains home,
including 54 animals on the International Union for Conservation
of Nature’s (IUCN) Red List,” said co-owner Bill Bensley. “As the forest cover disappears, so
does the wildlife. It will take major conservancy of the evergreen
forest for these fabulous residents to thrive again, but that is
the goal at Shinta Mani Wild. We cannot, must not and will not
give up on this important work to protect the forest and
Wildlife Alliance was founded in 1996 by Suwanna
Gauntlett who has dedicated her life to wildlife protection around
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