Endangered Eld’s deer spotted in Kratie after five years

  • Cambodia
  • Saturday, 26 Sep 2020

Species at risk: Eld’s deer is listed as endangered in Cambodia’s Forestry Law and is listed on the International Union for Conservation (IUCN) of Nature Red List. — The Phnom Penh Post/ANN

Eld’s deer, known by its scientific name as Rucervus eldii, was recently photographed for the first time in five years in the Sambor Wildlife Sanctuary, a nature reserve in the Mekong Flooded Forest Landscape in Kratie province.

A World Wildlife Fund (WWF) press release on Thursday said camera traps captured images of four of the deer, an event that raises hopes for the conservation of the endangered species in the country and region.

The species is listed as endangered in Cambodia’s Forestry Law and is listed on the International Union for Conservation (IUCN) of Nature Red List.

Conservationists are thrilled to see the rare images of Eld’s deer roaming the Sambor Wildlife Sanctuary, as they examined 1,710 photographs taken between August and September by the camera traps that were deployed at different locations in the sanctuary.

Aside from Eld’s deer, the photographs documented the presence of red muntjacs, wild pigs, small Indian civets, common palm civets, and large bird species such as the endangered green peafowl and vulnerable lesser adjutant.

WWF country director Seng Teak said: “The photographs provide evidence that our conservation efforts are paying off, raising hopes for the protection of the animal in the country and region.

“We commend all law enforcement personnel for regularly patrolling the wildlife sanctuary and reinforcing the implementation of the protected areas and Forestry Laws.

“These efforts are a major deterrent to forest and wildlife crimes, thus helping wildlife to be free from fear and stress as they live in a safe environment.”

Ministry of Environment spokesman Neth Pheaktra said on Thursday that it was delighted about the discovery and thanked all relevant parties involved in the protection and conservation of natural wildlife resources in Cambodia.

“The presence in Cambodian protected areas of Eld’s deer, which is an endangered species in the world, confirms the effectiveness of the conservation and prevention of natural resource crimes, especially that of hunting animals and wildlife trapping,” Pheaktra said.

He said the ministry, together with relevant authorities, continue to implement the rules of protection and conservation of protected areas under its management with a sense of responsibility and acts on all natural resource crimes. — The Phnom Penh Post/ANN

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