One of Cambodia's first nature conservation and wildlife rescue centres
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Have you ever seen a snake hatching? A Burmese Python (Python bivittatus) making its way out of the egg. Two month ago, we received a rescued gravid female, laying eggs shortly after arrival. Now, the first eggs started to hatch. Burmese Pythons are listed as VULNERABLE in IUCN's Red List of Threatened Species due to collection for the skin trade and poaching. These hatchlings will be released to the wild in the future. Stay tuned for more updates... #accb#kbalspean#accbcambodia#python#burmesepython#snake#snakesofinstagram#cambodianwildlife
See what our field conservation team can see! These are Giant Ibises (Thaumatibis gigantea), the National Bird of Cambodia! The Giant Ibis is a very rare species and is listed as Critically Endangered in IUCN's Red List of Threatened Species. Today, there are probably less than 300 individuals left on this planet, with nearly all of them confined in small areas in Cambodia. ACCB's field conservation team is regularly in the field to gather more data on these special birds. #accb#angkorcentreforconservationofbiodiversity#giantibis#ibis#cambodianwildlife#birdsofinstagram#edgespecies
Today one Lesser Adjutant Stork (Leptoptilos javanicus) returned back to the wild! This bird had been found in June 2016, having severely damaged feathers and being in an overall bad condition. After more than one year of rehabilitation at our centre, this bird could be released in Kulen Promtep Wildlife Sanctuary in a joint collaboration between ACCB, the Ministry of Environment and the Wildlife Conservation Society. We hope that this female will join the breeding population in that area and therefore contribute to the survival of this threatened species. #accb#angkorcentreforconservationofbiodiversity#lesseradjutantstork#stork#kulenpromtep#cambodianwildlife#birdsofinstagram
Do you remember the three White-shouldered Ibis juveniles that arrived last month at ACCB?A few days ago, they have been transferred into an outside enclosure which allows them to gather in the soil and to practice flying. The White-shouldered Ibis is listed as Critically Endangered in IUCN's Red List of threatened Species and there are probably only less than 1000 animals left on this planet of which most of them occur in Cambodia! With our conservation efforts, we try to do contribute to the survival of this magnificent species. Stay tuned for more updates on these little ibises... #accb#angkorcentreforconservationofbiodiversity#kbalspean#whiteshoulderedibis#ibis#birdsofinstagram#cambodianwildlife
The Wildlife Rapid Rescue Team, a unit supported by Wildlife Alliance, has recently confiscated 23 animals from a wildlife trader in Siem Reap and transferred them into our care. Amongst these animals were six juvenile raptors, seven owls, five Alexandrine Parakeets, two Purple Swamphen, two Small Asian Mongooses and one Black Giant Squirrel. Some of the arrivals are in a very poor condition and receive intensive care and treatment. Our team is working hard and we hope that all animals will survive and ideally can be released back to the wild.
Please note that these animals have been already transferred into larger and suitable enclosures and are being cared for behind the scenes. For rehabilitation and veterinary reasons, they won't be visible to the public during the guided centre tours.
ACCB would like to thank the Wildlife Rapid Rescue Team for the good collaboration! #accb#angkorcentreforconservationofbiodiversity#wildliferescue
Last week, ACCB received three young White-shouldered Ibises (Pseudibis davisoni) from the Ministry of Environment and BirdLife International's Cambodia Programme. The birds have fallen out of their nest during strong winds. The White-shouldered Ibis is categorized as Critically Endangered in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species and there are only around 1000 animals left in the wild. Our team is now taking care of these birds in an enclosure behind the scenes. #accb#angkorcentreforconservationofbiodiversity#kbalspean#whiteshoulderedibis#cambodianwildlife#birdsofinstagram
Our team has just finished the construction of this new turtle facility! During the last weeks, ACCB's site support team worked hard to modify the old enclosure by adding ponds and fencing. Some of the ponds are already occupied by the offspring of the Southeast Asian Box Turtle (Cuora amboinensis) of 2014 and 2015. Very soon, last years babies will move in as well. By now, our team collected 5 eggs of this threatened turtle out of the breeding enclosure already and has moved them into an incubator. This is very promising for the upcoming breeding season. Come and visit ACCB or stay tuned to learn more about this turtle species and about ACCB's conservation breeding programme for them. #accb#angkorcentreforconservationofbiodiversity#kbalspean#southeastasianboxturtle#cuora#turtle
Monkeys are no pets!
This little monkey is a Long-tailed Macaque (Macaca fascicularis). Macaques are social animals, living in groups and need social interaction with other macaques. Besides that, monkeys could potentially carry diseases, such as Hepatitis and Herpes and therefore could be a threat to humans. Even though this little macaque in the picture is very cute, it will grow and become more aggressive.
ACCB is currently taking care of several macaques, all originated from the pet trade. Usually their mothers get poached, taking the offspring for the pet trade.
If you visit Cambodia, you might see many monkeys on Temples. Please don't feed them and don't support pet trade. #longtailedmacaque#kbalspean#accb#angkorcentreforconservationofbiodiversity#monkey
One challenge in the management of conservation breeding programmes for storks is to establish pairs. Some individuals can be very picky regarding their partner choice and in some species, males tend to be aggressive. Once the right partners have found eachother, their bonds are often very strong. This picture shows one of ACCB's breeding pairs of the Lesser Adjutant Stork (Leptoptilos javanicus). They are a couple for several years already and have successfully reared a great number of chicks. ACCB is currently taking care of 30 individuals of this threatened stork species. Visit our centre or stay tuned to learn more about storks and ACCB's conservation breeding programmes. #accb#angkorcentreforconservationofbiodiversity#kbalspean#stork#lesseradjutantstork#lesseradjutant#conservationbreeding
Did you know that, in Cambodia, raptors are often kept as pets? This Brahminy Kite (Haliastur indus) is one of four raptor species currently visible during our guided centre tours. ACCB is receiving several raptors every year and releases suitable birds back to the wild. This kite is human-imprinted and therefore cannot be released. #raptor#accb#angkorcentreforconservationofbiodiversity#kbalspean#brahminykite
ACCB is currently taking care of two Black-necked Storks (Ephippiorhynchus asiaticus asiaticus). Despite having still good populations in Australia, the subspecies in Southeast Asia is facing many threats, such as habitat loss and hunting.
Did you know that the females have a yellow iris, while males have a brown-reddish eye colour?
This little orphan named Sokny has been handed over into ACCB's care a few days ago. Sokny is an endangered Pileated Gibbon (Hylobates pileatus). Unfortunately, he is severely underdeveloped for his age, as he has suffered from malnutrition. Young gibbons usually spend several years with their parents in order to learn all necessary survival skills. Gibbons don't make good pets as they require a large treetop habitat. Furthermore, they often become aggressive when reaching maturity. Sokny is currently being kept behind the scenes at our centre. Stay tuned for more updates on Sokny! #gibbon#angkorcentreforconservationofbiodiversity#kbalspean#accb#pileatedgibbon
This Eastern Sarus Crane (Antigone antigone sharpii) is named Frankie. Frankie came as a sub-adult into ACCB's care when she has been confiscated from the pet trade near the border to Lao PDR. She has been reared by humans and is unfortunately human-imprinted, which makes her unsuitable for release. ACCB is currently taking care of three Sarus Cranes. The Sarus Crane is threatened because of hunting, habitat loss, the illegal pet trade and due to intensification of agriculture. ACCB' field team is participating every year in the Sarus Crane Counts in Cambodia, to learn more about their current population status. Did you know that the Sarus Crane with a height of up to 1,8m, is the tallest bird able to fly? Find out more about the Sarus Crane and come to visit us! #angkorcentreforconservationofbiodiversity#kbalspean#accb#sarus#crane
ACCB is operating a conservation breeding programme for the threatened Lesser Adjutant Stork (Leptoptilos javanicus) and is aiming at future reintroductions to the wild. With currently 30 individuals, ACCB is taking care of one of the biggest captive populations in the world. Last breeding season, four chicks have been successfully reared by their parents, increasing hope for the future. #stork#lesseradjutantstork#accb#angkorcentreforconservationofbiodiversity
This beautiful tortoise is an Elongated Tortoise (Indotestudo elongata). In the wild, this species is threatened due to habitat loss, pet trade, human consumption and traditional medicine. ACCB has established a captive breeding program for this interesting species and is aiming for future reintroductions to the wild. Currently, ACCB's animal keeper team is taking care of around 140 individuals. A few females have recently been observed laying eggs, which hopefully hatch in the beginning of the rainy season in May or June. So stay tuned... #tortoise#accb#angkorcentreforconservationofbiodiversity#elongatedtortoise