The World Wide Fund for Nature will be working with the government bodies to conduct an investigation into the deaths of two reproductive-age female Banteng in Mondulkiri province on Wednesday.
According to WWF, the two Banteng are believed to have been shot dead over the past three to four days inside Phnom Prich Wildlife Sanctuary. The carcasses were buried at the location where they were found because of the stench.
“WWF stands ready to cooperate with the provincial department of environment, the Ministry of Environment and other provincial enforcement authorities to help boost the investigation effort to ensure that those who committed this disgraceful act of wildlife crime will not run free,” read its statement released yesterday to coincide with the annual Endangered Animal Day. Those who were involved in the killings are being hunted in order to send them to court.
Banteng is an important wild cattle species listed on the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s red list as globally endangered.