In February 2011 I visited Phnom Tamao Zoo (founded in 1995), situated less than an hour away from the capital of Phnom Penh, and learned that this is by far, more than zoo, the Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center is also home to over 1,200 animals rescued from the illegal wildlife trade. Since 2001, Wildlife Alliance has rescued more than 43,000 animals from poachers and illegal wildlife traders, and has dramatically driven down the buying and selling of wildlife in Cambodia and throughout Southeast Asia.
|In 1998 and 1999 the female elephants Lucky and Narang arrived. Photo: Gavin Bourchier, Sept 2000|
|The elephant stables with a fairly modern setup|
|Good shade in the boxes|
|and several out enclosures|
This young animal unfortunately died on 5 April 2001 because of an infection following an accident that resulted in a number of broken bones.
Source: The status, distribution and management of the domesticated Asian elephant in Cambodia by Chheang Dany, Hunter Weiler, Kuy Tong and Sam Han
EEHV (Elephant endotheliotropic herpes virus) in Asia:
The deceased elephant (“Seima”) was approximately three years old, wild-born [in Cambodia]. She was confiscated from traders in 2002 as an approximately 6 months old calf and placed in Phnomn Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center where she was bottle-reared by keepers and housed with 4 other elephants…. She died in lateral recumbency on May 6, 2004 without observed symptoms and without any treatment.Reid, et al., Veterinary Quarterly 2006; 28(2), p. 63, under Case report/Disease History
See also: Endotheliotropic Elephant Herpes Virus (EEHV) infection. The first PCR‐confirmed fatal case in Asia
In 2007, 138 captive wild animals was recued from neglect and deplorable conditions at the Angkor Zoo in Siem Reap, Cambodia. The government cracked down and closed the Angkor Zoo, and some of the animals were brought to Phnom Tamao.
Presently, 5 elephants are housed at Phnom Tamao Zoo (database)
|Returning to the stables after a walk and swin in the lake.|
In March 2007, there were reports of a lone, orphaned baby elephant wandering through the forest in Mondulkiri, with his front left foot severely injured and infected, as a result of hunter snares.
Chhouk's Prosthesis, which was made by the Cambodian School of Prosthesis and Orhtotics (CSPO), with funding assistance from SeaWorld & Busch Gardens Conservation Fund, for a cost of US$30,000
Some Youtube videos:
- Phnom Tamao Zoo and Wildlife Rescue Center (from the elephant database)
- Website: Phnom Tamao on Wildlife Allience website
- Wildlife Allience Phnom Tamao field blog
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