Ministry to find water for protected wildlife

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Wild elephants migrated from Mondulkiri province’s Keo Seima Wildlife Sanctuary to find water in a nearby village. Supplied

Due to shortages of water and high temperatures in the Kingdom, the Environment Ministry has said that it will create new water sources for protected wildlife, such as elephants.

The ministry said that this week about 20 wild elephants migrated from Mondulkiri province’s Keo Seima Wildlife Sanctuary in Keo Seima district to a nearby village in order to find water.

Ministry spokesman Neth Pheaktra said high temperatures have affected wildlife water sources, such as lakes and ponds, causing the migration of the elephants.

“Our environment officials are preparing to create water sources for elephants and other wildlife animals so that they can have water to drink,” Mr Pheaktra said.

He said that the ministry is concerned that the migration of wildlife from their protected areas could pose as an opportunity for poachers to strike.

“Our concern is poaching. We appeal to villagers to not touch or kill elephants,” Mr Pheaktra said, adding that the new water sources will help protect wildlife. “Do not use chemicals on crops that could affect migrating wildlife.”

Full story in Friday’s paper

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