After seeing 37 elephants poached in the Cardamom Rainforest between 2000 and 2006, not a single one has been killed in the past 10 years, representatives of Wildlife Alliance announced on Wednesday.
“Today is a very good day,” Thomas Grey, director of science and global development for the NGO, said at an event celebrating “zero poaching” of the area’s elephant population, estimated at 175.
Grey said he believes snare traps and deforestation are the two biggest threats facing the elephant population in Cardamom.
Speaking at the event, Kong Kimsreng, a representative from the Ministry of the Environment, said 18 new protected areas are being established to help with land and animal conservation
Despite the progress made, Grey warned against becoming complacent.
“This is a constant effort,” he said.
The Wildlife Alliance does not operate in Mondulkiri, where a baby elephant was killed by a snare just two weeks ago.
World Wildlife Fund spokesman Chakrey Un said Mondulkiri has a “small number of rangers operating in comparatively big protected areas” and appealed to increase the number of patrols.