Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Men charged in case of monkey poaching

Men charged in case of monkey poaching

Two globally endangered Black-shanked Douc Langurs killed by poachers inside Mondulkiri province’s Keo Seima Wildlife Sanctuary. Wildlife Conservation Society
Two globally endangered Black-shanked Douc Langurs killed by poachers inside Mondulkiri province’s Keo Seima Wildlife Sanctuary. Wildlife Conservation Society

Men charged in case of monkey poaching

The Mondulkiri Provincial Court on Monday charged two men with poaching endangered black-shanked douc langur monkeys in the Keo Seima Wildlife Sanctuary, an official said.

Touch Rath, 51, and Chhin Sreng, 40, were caught by sanctuary rangers on Saturday with guns and two of the dead monkeys. They were later charged with poaching, court spokesman Meas Bros said.

Bros said both lived in Keo Seima district and were charged under Article 61 of the protected areas law and face one to five years jail, as well as fines of 15 million to 150 million riel, (about $3,673 to $36,735).

Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) technical adviser Tan Setha said that the monkeys were likely poached for their stomachs due to the belief that the organs possess medicinal qualities. “It is not rare to see douc [langur] stomachs for sale in some places,” Setha said.

According to the WCS, between June 2016 and the end of last month, there were 159 recorded cases related to the poaching and wildlife trade in Keo Seima Wildlife Sanctuary, with the majority involving the confiscation of equipment and 17 cases involving wildlife.

The area is home to about 20,000 langur monkeys – the largest such population in the world – as well as over 60 other species listed as threatened by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature.

MOST VIEWED

  • No payment required for travellers taking rapid Covid tests on arrival

    Ministry of Health officials said there would be no payment required for the rapid Covid-19 tests given to travellers who arrive in Cambodia from November 15 onwards after the quarantine requirement is lifted for fully vaccinated people. Health ministry spokeswoman Or Vandine told The Post on

  • General’s gun smuggling ring busted

    The Military Police sent six military officers to court on November 22 to face prosecution for possession of 105 illegal rifles and arms smuggling, while investigators say they are still hunting down additional accomplices. Sao Sokha, deputy commander of the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces and commander of

  • More Cambodians studying in US

    The number of Cambodian students studying at US colleges and universities in 2020-21 increased by 14.3 per cent over the previous year despite the Covid-19 pandemic, according to a recent US government report. The 2021 Open Doors report on International Educational Exchange showed that 848 Cambodian students studied

  • Cambodia, Thailand to discuss border reopening

    Cambodian authorities from provinces along the Cambodia-Thailand border will meet with Thai counterparts to discuss reopening border checkpoints to facilitate travel, transfer of products and cross-border trade between the two countries. Banteay Meanchey provincial deputy governor Ly Sary said on November 22 that the provincial administration

  • Police arrest Canadian with 167kg of drugs

    The Phnom Penh Municipal Court on November 15 placed a Canadian national in pre-trial detention in connection with smuggling and possessing 167kg of illegal drugs. Deputy National Police chief in charge of anti-drug enforcement Mak Chito told The Post on November 15 that the man was arrested

  • Prince Norodom Ranariddh passes away at 77

    Prince Norodom Ranariddh, the second son of the late King Father Norodom Sihanouk and former First Prime Minister of Cambodia, has passed away in France at the age of 77. “Samdech Krom Preah Norodom Ranariddh has passed away this morning in France just after 9am Paris-time,”