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Wildlife conservation workers to train in India

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File photo: Conservation groups want tourists to only watch elephants from a distance. KT/Mai Vireak

Cambodia is planning to send workers specifically tasked with the preservation of elephants for advanced conservation training in India.

Khun Diyon, Elephant Livelihood Initiative Environment director in Mondulkiri province, said yesterday that India is a suitable country to learn new skills due to the country’s past success in protecting elephants.

“There will be about ten trainees from WWF and WCS, as well as provincial environment department staffers that will leave for India,” Mr Diyon said. “India has the skills in preserving wildlife like elephants.”

He added that Cambodia currently does not have the expertise to conduct in-depth training and that his organisation in the past had to invite Indian trainers to train local staffers.

Mr Diyon noted that there are about 200 elephants in Cambodian forests, including about 30 to 40 elephants being raised by local communities in Mondulkiri province.

Keo Sopheak, provincial environment department director, said yesterday that two of his officers will take part in the training at the end of this month.

“They will focus on treating and rescuing injured elephants and they will also learn how to use and install radio-based tracking devices in order to keep track of elephants in Phnom Prich, Sre Pork and Keo Seima sanctuaries,” Mr Sopheak said. “The trainees who are going will be accompanied by veterinarians and rangers from NGOs. It is likely that they will visit rural areas in India where they can practice at the end of this month.”

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