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I’ve had an email from Fauna and Flora International (FFI) about an impending crisis that is about to get catastrophically worse.
The beautiful Cardamom Mountains in Cambodia are being covered in snares.
FFI say that the snares are shredding through clouded leopards, ripping elephant trunks in half and snapping the limbs of their calves. Pangolins, sun bears, moon bears and indeed any mammal than a mouse are being badly impacted, as any animal larger than a mouse can be trapped in these cruel snares.
To make matters worse, FFI’s project funding in the area has fallen through. FFI patrol teams are still able to operate in some areas and maintain an effective resistance. A very generous donor has enabled them to remove countless snares – and so save many, many animals. FFI had hoped to extend the areas that they were covering.
Unfortunately, the donor is unable to continue their support – and FFI must fill a £92,345 hole.
If FFI cannot fund the project, the warden leaders won’t be able to pay their patrol teams’ wages – and any who have the means won’t be able to have equipment and the backing to mount and maintain an effective resistance.
Funds will be spent on boots, machetes, camping gear, hammocks, rucksacks and everything wardens need to wear as they go out on one patrol after another. The wardens need GPS kits, patrol mapping – and they need to be paid.
FFI say time is short.
What’s so important about the Cardamom Mountains? Well, they have dense rainforest, mangroves and wetlands – and they have more than 60 globally threatened animal species and 17 globally threatened trees. The Cardamom Mountains matter. These include:
Young elephant wears a protective boot
to help recovery, after being caught in a snare.
Credit: Charnwood Photo
These snares are CRUEL – as the metal clasp tightens, causing the animal terrible pain. The more they struggle, the tighter the snare gets, cutting more and more deeply into flesh and bone. It is a terribly cruel and painful way to die.
At the same time, the animals have lost their habitat, because of illegal logging, land encroachment and unsustainable agricultural ways of doing things. Over 10% of the forest has gone in 15 years So the animals find themselves in smaller spaces, into what is known as a “wall of death”, because it is easy for them to get trapped by a snare.
Enter the wardens. They are from the local communities and they cover over 100km every month, spotting and removing snares, watching for any signs of illegal poaching or logging, and undertaking biomonitoring and data-gathering activities. These activities are important because they give a better understanding of the wildlife in the area, and enable the right decisions to be made about how to help them.
The clouded leopard is well adapted to prowling through the forest
Credit: Bill – Adobe Stock
Wardens also help by supplying the human-wildlife conflict teams with flashlights and noise-makers. These can help deter elephants from the boundaries of farms and villages, so preventing damage to crops and property. These things make a huge impact – there have been no retaliation elephant killings since the wardens started such work.
The warden team is essential to protect the animals of the Cardamom Mountains.
Please help today by making a donation.
“Eden: Untamed Planet” is a new series which looks at the secrets of the few regions that are isolated from the rest of the world and have been largely protected from human interference. As the programme’s webpage says, life exists as nature intended.
The series skicks off in Borneo, home to 60,000 species of plants and animals and is very biodiverse indeed. Watch out for proboscis monkeys, orangutan babies, caterpillars and a lot more!
The programme warns that orangutans have lost 80% of their habitats in the last two decades – their numbers have dropped hugely.
Please visit our page listing orangutan charities to see how you can help and please watch the series. There are six programmes and I will put up information about ways to help along the way.
Find out how you can help orangutans with the Orangutan Foundation
Swing over to their website here
Image ©Orangutan Foundation
Please also take a look at the Bornean Sun Bear Rescue Conservation Centre which is a is a sun bear rescue and rehabilitation facility being developed in Sabah, Malaysian Borneo.
The episodes of "Eden: Untamed Planet" cover:
- Desert Lion Conservation gathers data on the desert lions in the area, undertakes research and collaborates with the government and agencies to further lion conservation and reduce human-lion conflict
- Giraffe Conservation works to conserve giraffe populations
- The Conservation Institute has informatoin about the Namib Desert
- Elephant Human Relations Aid is "to implement practical solutions that help combat elephant-human conflict, and thereby secure a future for Namibia’s desert elephants."
The areas covered are visiting “delicately balanced, species-rich, unique ecosystems” and nature now needs our help to make sure they stay that way. We cannot do without them.
Please let’s all see if we can take just even one action to make a difference and protect nature as the series unfolds.
Visit the programme’s website on BBC2 here.
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Funds raised will help protect the forest for the future, so people, orangutans and the planet can thrive.
There's a programme on the UK's Channel 4 at 8:15pm on Saturday 7th May 2022 called Devon and Cornwall: Greener Lives.
The programme meets locals living in this beautiful part of the UK (it's in the south west) who are working to bring balance back to both land and sea and working hard to protect nature.
A farmer, Cyril, in Devon is returning to traditional hay meadows
Previously he was depleting them through intensive farming during the 1960s. As the programme points out, during and after the war, a nation needed feeding, regardless of the impact the push for growing food had on wildlife and nature. The farmer wants to put something back to the land and let nature do the work. He makes hay meadows. The seeds from the hay meadows are spread quickly in fields on other farms. Like other farmers, Cyril is returning hay meadows to Devon - and with those come wildlife such as voles and barn owls - and Cyril is looking after the wildlife as well now!
Volunteers paddle to coves to clear plastic from the beach.
For instance, Steve and his beautiful dog Rosie are thinking global but working to make a difference locally. At times Rosie jumps off Steve's boat to collect rubbish and bring it back to the boat! And Steve has a band of volunteers helping him, navigating in and out of the coves to collect rubbish. He is determined to clear beaches of rubbish and to leave the planet in a cleaner place when he leaves it. You can join a beach clean organised by the Marine Conservation Society.
David, Mertle and Bill the horse are busy clearing bracken
The beautiful island of Lundy, where the National Trust,
RSPB, English Nature (now Natural England) and Landmark Trust
have been working to help the Manx Shearwater.
And Dean, the warden on Lundy Island, watches for the puffin to reappear.
As well as puffins, the Manx Shearwater has made a big comeback to the island - find out more from the National Trust.
The book "RSPB Spotlight: Puffins" is available from the RSPB's online shop
Beavers are back in the River Otter!
Beavers have been very busy here, building a dam and maintaining it. And a fox has been spotted checking out the beavers too! The Devon Wildlife Trust is working with landowners to make sure the beavers don't cause any problems e.g. interfere in cider making!
Visit Devon Wildlife Trust and Cornwall Wildlife Trust to see how you can help - even from a distance! And you can find your local Wildlife Trust in the UK here - there are 46 of them.
Don't miss it - it would be a great way to be inspired by other people taking action and also to pick up ways to get involved and make a difference!
The more people we can all get involved, the better!