Target: Keo Omaliss, Director, Department of Wildlife and Biodiversity, Cambodian Forestry Administration
Goal: Applaud cutting-edge new plan to reintroduce tigers to Cambodia.
After recently acknowledging that the Indochinese tiger is extinct in Cambodia, government authorities have introduced a plan to reintroduce the species into the wild. The plan will see two males and six females introduced into the Northern forests of Mondulkiri, where tiger populations once thrived. Conservation officials hope that these tigers, which will be kept under heavy protection, will establish a breeding stock strong enough to create a healthy population.
According to international conservation charity World Wildlife Fund, “there are no longer any breeding populations of tigers left in Cambodia, and they are therefore considered functionally extinct.” No tigers have been spotted in the country since 2007, when a camera trap in Mondulkiri caught the last glimpse of the rare animal that the country would see for nearly a decade.
The biggest threat to the survival of the reintroduced animals will be deforestation and the poaching of both the tigers and their prey. By selecting and reserving a large chunk of ideal habitat, protecting prey species, and providing strong law enforcement presence in the area, the government is giving the animals the best possible chance of survival.
These efforts will not only combat the extinction of tigers, but could set a precedent that can be applied to other endangered species all over the world. If successful, it could ensure that the Indochinese tiger thrives in Cambodia once more. Sign the petition below to praise the Cambodian government’s groundbreaking new plan and urge officials to do everything in their power to ensure the endeavor is successful.
Dear Mr. Omaliss,
The Cambodian government recently unveiled a plan to reintroduce tigers to Cambodia, where they were previously declared extinct due to deforestation and poaching. The new plan would introduce two male Indochinese tigers and six females to the Northern Mondulkiri forests, where the species once thrived. The tigers and their prey will be protected from poachers by a strong law enforcement presence in the area.
If successful, this plan will not only help ensure the survival of Indochinese tigers, but could set an example for other countries struggling with the loss of wildlife due to poaching. We, the undersigned, praise this innovative new plan and ask that you work hard to ensure its success.
[Your Name Here]
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