Wildlife Response Team catches Smuggler, Rescues 104 Reptiles

WildlifeAlliance logo


Wildlife Alliance’s Wildlife Rapid Rescue Team (WRRT), acting on a tip off to Wildlife Alliance’s wildlife crime hotline, intercepted avehicle smuggling reptiles in eastern Cambodia headed for Vietnam. Upon searching the vehicle, the team found 104 reptiles including 73 rat snakes, 18 water snakes, 11 monocled cobras, 1 python and 1 king cobra. The smuggler was charged with illegally transporting rare wildlife under Cambodian law and fined nearly $10,000 US. The following day all of the reptiles were released into protected areas. The summer months in Cambodia see a sharp rise in wildlife poaching as the end of the monsoon causes widespread flooding. The flooding forces animals to congregate in dry areas concentrating them and providing easy targets for poachers. Wildlife Alliance is a partner of the USAID-funded ARREST Program (Asia’s Regional Response to Endangered Species Trafficking), the U.S. Government’s largest counter wildlife trafficking program which is implemented by FREELAND.


This entry was posted in Wildlife Alliance and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s