The Environment Ministry and Wildlife Conservation Society officials rescued two white-winged ducks from Preah Vihear’s Kunlen Promtep Wildlife Sanctuary after they were found exhausted and unable to fly.
The WCS said yesterday that the birds were sent to the Angkor Centre for Conservation of Biodiversity in Siem Reap province for care until they can survive in the wild.
Rours Vann, wildlife research team leader for the ministry and WCS, said he got the information from local villagers before dispatching a team to rescue the birds.
“Ensuring local communities have awareness of conservation issues is vital to encourage them to report wildlife information,” he said,
“If they do not understand the importance of wildlife conservation, they might have eaten or sold these ducks.”
The species is listed on the International Union for Conservation of Nature Red List as Globally Endangered. It is on the decline due to disturbances along key stretches of habitat and illegal poaching.
The global population is estimated at 250 to 1,000, and little is known about their numbers in Cambodia.
Project manager of the Siem Reap centre Michael Meyerhoff said that the birds arrived safely and a working group is evaluating and monitoring their health condition.