Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Animal killer on the run

Animal killer on the run

Animal killer on the run

Authorities in Mondolkiri province’s Keo Seima district have yet to find the killer of a pregnant elephant shot dead earlier this month.

“Police and conservation officials have not yet found the killer more than 20 days after the shooting,” said Kim Sokheng, O’ Am village chief in the Keo Seima district.

He said the elephant was shot four times and had her trunk, two tusks and tail cut off.

Phen Pheaktra, deputy director of Keo Seima Biodiversity Conservation, said that the organisation partnered with village officials and posted a 2-million-riel reward for the discovery or capture of the killer on September 20.

“The elephant nearly gave birth, but unfortunately she was killed,” Phen Pheaktra said.

He said officials had expanded the hunt for the poacher to Vietnam after hearing the trunk, tusks, and tail were sold there, but had not found anything conclusive.

Of the 300 elephants that inhabit Cambodia, 116 are protected in Mondolkiri’s Keo Seiman conservation area, Phen Pheaktra said.

MOST VIEWED

  • US names new ambassador to Cambodia

    US President Donald Trump on Friday appointed W Patrick Murphy as the new US Ambassador to Cambodia, replacing incumbent William A Heidt. A press release posted on the White House’s website said nominee W Patrick Murphy is currently acting principal deputy assistant secretary at

  • Kingdom is at a crossroads between East, West after poll

    It was dubbed a success by caretaker prime minister Hun Sen after the electoral victory of his Cambodian People’s Party (CPP), which is poised to take all seats in the National Assembly. But the July 29 national election has not been positively looked at by

  • Chinese influence to sweep Kingdom?

    Growing Cambodia-China ties have seen the latter’s influence sweep across the Kingdom through increased investments and tourism. The Asian giant has become the leading source of foreign funds in Cambodia, fuelling the construction sector with huge casino and hotel projects. Much of the growth

  • Final poll results confirm first single-party Assembly

    IN an unprecedented situation in Cambodian politics, the official results of the July 29 national elections have declared that the Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) will take all 125 seats in the National Assembly on the back of it receiving 76 per cent of the votes. The National