The Wildlife Alliance

Image of Chhuok before the rescue

The Wildlife Alliance is a non-profit organization, founded in 1995. Originally called  “The Global Survival Network” (GSN) and was established by a group of conservationists. In 2006 the organisation was renamed  The Wildlife Alliance.

The People Involved

Suwanna Gauntlett is the  Founder and CEO of the Wildlife Alliance. Dr. Gauntlett has always been relentless in her determination to preserve the environment and its wildlife since the 1980s. She has dedicated her life to the protection of endangered rainforests and the life within them.

 

Her bold conservation programs have significantly contributed towards the protection of threatened rainforests and wildlife worldwide. Having founded the Gauntlett Group, an environmental consulting firm, she became a pioneer in sustainable development.

 

The Gauntlett Group’s management systems were designed to help companies in various ways concerning environmental issues such as,  preventing pollution and reducing the use of natural resources . Her achievements have made such an impact across the globe from Russia to India and beyond. Currently,  Dr. Guntlett and the Wildlife Alliance’s conservation programs in Cambodia are regarded to be of great importance.

 

Their successful initiatives have earned her two medals from Prime Minister Hun Sen for contributions to Cambodia’s people and environment.

Nick Marx is the Wildlife Alliance’s Director of Programs. Since 2002, he has been working in Cambodia.

 

In 2013  Mr Marx was awarded the Royal Order of Sahametrie by the Cambodian government in recognition of his work in conservation.  He is a dedicated conservationist with over 45 years of experience in the field. During that time he has acquired a substantial amount of knowledge and specialises in large carnivores, elephants, primates and other mammals.

 

He has worked in the United Kingdom, South Africa, India and Southeast Asia. He has also published widely on wildlife conservation and animal husbandry including contributions to the magazine of the Association of British Wild Animal Keepers, on tiger husbandry; International Zoo News, on breeding clouded leopards in captivity; and the International Union for the Conservation of Nature Cat Specialist Group’s Cat News, on the monitored release of leopard cats and the Small Carnivore Journal on the monitored release of binturongs.

 

Dr. Tom Gray is the Science Director at the Wildlife Alliance. Dr Gray is a conservation biologist based in South East Asia since 2005. He joined the Wildlife Alliance in June 2016.

 

He has authored over 40 peer-reviewed articles on the status and conservation needs of threatened mammals and birds in the region. Dr. Gray and is a member of the IUCN Species Survival Commission.

 

A graduate of the University of East Anglia. Having first come to Cambodia to work on his PhD on the conservation and ecology of Bengal Florican in the Tonle Sap. Dr. Gray was employed by the WWF to work on species and protected areas on the  Greater Mekong. He managed conservation research projects as well as mentoring students in Cambodia, Thailand,  Laos, Vietnam, and Myanmar.

The Work That Has Been Done

In the current time, The Wildlife Alliance has set up state-of-the-art conservation programs which aim to combat animal extinction, illegal hunting for skin and ivory, illegal land excavation and other similar projects. The Alliance started in 1995 with the creation of Anti-Poaching Patrols to stop the hunting of the Siberian Tiger and the Amur Leopard. With the help of the charity, tiger populations soared from just 40 in 1994 to over 400 recorded animals in 2000.

 

Fortunately, the Cambodian government has approved a plan to reintroduce the big cats into the Mondulkiri province.  Currently, global tiger populations (this includes all subspecies) are little over 3,000, which is a far from the 100,000 that is believed to have existed when the 20th Century began.

 

Over the years, the charity has worked to preserve turtle habitats in India, extending the marine territory for all sea-life in the Galapagos from just 2 nautical miles to about 40, preserving national parks and more. From the year 2000, The Alliance set up multiple programs and teams for various causes to help wildlife, like the Cambodia Conservation Program, the Wildlife Rapid Rescue Team, the Southern Cardamom Forest Protection Program, the Community Agriculture Development Project.

 

The Work They Aim To Do in Cambodia

The Wildlife Alliance currently aim to help the Royal Government of Cambodia strengthen poorer communities. Thus, helping to save wildlife and rainforests simultaneously. The charity works hard to provide meaningful and alternative ways of earning a living for those living in the poorest and most impoverished communities.

 

Now, the work in Cambodia is finally underway, with previously completed projects in Thailand, Myanmar, India, Ecuador and Russia. The remaining goal of the organization is to provide education about wildlife and its importance to the world. As the name suggests, the Wildlife Alliance’s main objective is the protection and conservation of all wildlife.

 

Equally important to the Wildlife Alliance is providing effective protection for rainforests against deforestation.

 

The Wildlife Alliance has had a significant impact on the international media since it was founded. Members of the team have appeared as guests on TV shows as well as being interviewed on the news.  They have jointly formed several other bodies and border patrols to guard the rainforests and their inhabitants.

 

The organization has been constantly working to improve the environment and the way the wildlife is handled.

 

Please visit the Wildlife Alliance website for more information about their current projects within Cambodia and internationally.

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