Wildlife Conservators Congratulate the Rescue of 11 Asian Elephants in Mondulkiri Province

AKP Phnom Penh, Wildlife conservators expressed their appreciation to all stakeholders' efforts to rescue the 11 Asian Elephants from a mud hole in Mondulkiri province last week, according to the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS)'s statement AKP received this morning.

"The rescue of 11 Asian Elephants (Elephas maximus) from a mud hole inside the Keo Seima Wildlife Sanctuary, Mondulkiri province, Cambodia, on Mar. 24, 2017 avoided a tragedy for wildlife conservation in Cambodia," it said.

If the community had not got together with WCS, ELIE and the Department of Environment to rescue these 11 Asian Elephants, this would have been a tragedy, said Mr. Tan Setha, WCS Technical Adviser to the protected area.

"This herd consisted of three adult females and eight juveniles of various ages, including a male that had almost reached maturity. These elephants represent an important part of the breeding population in Keo Seima Wildlife Sanctuary, and their loss would have been a major blow for conservation," he underlined.

The mud hole where the elephants were trapped was a bomb crater left over from the Vietnam War that had been enlarged by farmers to store water. When local farmers discovered the elephants they notified the Department of Environment, who in turn notified WCS who were able to mobilise a rescue.

"This is a great example of everyone working together in Cambodia to save wildlife," said Dr. Ross Sinclair, WCS Country Director. "Too often the stories around conservation are about conflict and failure, but this is one about cooperation and success. That the last elephant to be rescued needed everyone to pull together on a rope to drag it to safety is symbolic of how we have to work together for conservation."

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press