The project has developed a system of rescue, care and release to provide the best possible outcome for the traumatized or injured wild animals that are the victims of this poaching within the Cardamoms region. The forest protection units (rangers) operate across the Project Zone removing snares from the forest floor, rescuing wild animals from snares and poachers. Wild animals that cannot immediately be released back into safe habitat are taken to Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center (PTWRC), where they are given veterinary treatment and care for as long as required. Appropriate species may be released back into safe, wild habitat under strict protocols, either within Phnom Tamao forest, at once of our managed released sites in Koh Kong. Released animals are monitored using a combination of radio telemetry, camera traps, visual observation, or footprint identification to ensure they are making a successful return to the wild. Since the initiation of the REDD+ project, over 3000 animals have been rescued through this program*.
*Verified 2015-2020 Climate. Community and Biodiversity (CCB) reports. 2021 CCB verification in process.