According to Ministry of Environment spokesman Neth Pheaktra, the number of endangered animals in Srepok and Phnom Prich wildlife sanctuaries in Mondulkiri province continues to decline remarkably due to traps and the use of shotguns and dogs.
On the positive side, while the numbers of these animals, including wild cattle, are declining, others such as white-tailed monkeys and silver langur have seen steady or slight increases in population while some species of birds, including vultures from the Srepok Wildlife Sanctuary, are making a comeback. said Pheaktra, citing a research report from the provincial environment department and the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF Cambodia).
Pheaktra was visiting Srepok Wildlife Sanctuary in Koh Nhek district of the province on September 2 to review a study by experts from the department and WWF Cambodia.
He made the visit to learn more about the management and conservation of natural resources in the sanctuary – the largest mixed forest area in Southeast Asia spanning over 370,000 ha.
He added that all parties are continuing their efforts to conserve wildlife and are putting in place various measures to protect them.
“The setting of traps, hunting and capture of wild animals by illegally using dogs are the factors that threaten wildlife in protected natural areas. All parties are required to come together to resolve trapping issues to protect wildlife, their habitats, water sources and feeding sites,” he said.
Milou Groenenberg, head of biodiversity research and monitoring at WWF Cambodia, said that compared to wildlife data at Srepok and Phnom Prich wildlife sanctuaries over the past 11 years, the population of Banteng dropped by 89%, from 3,013 in 2010 to 439 in 2022.
The Ministry of the Environment has extended its zero traps campaign in an effort to protect wild animals.