12 August 2012
New Species in Cambodia
The area comprising Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Burma, Thailand, and the Yunnan Provice of China is considered "one of the last frontiers for new species discoveries on our planet," according to the most recent World Wildlife Fund report. An average of one new species is discovered every two days in this area of great bio-diversity in Southeast Asia.
The WWF report listed 208 new species and one notable one was this carnivorous pitcher plant found in the Cardamom Mountains of Cambodia. It secretes an acid into its cavity and then lures its prey there.
23 February 2012
Recognizing the opportunity they have to stabilize the vulture population in Cambodia, the Wildlife Conservation Society has set up "vulture restaurants" in several provinces. Once a month they slaughter a cow for the vultures, to provide a drug-free source of food. The increases in numbers since the onset of this program have been dramatic. WCS does an annual raptor census and the number of vultures sighted jumped from 209 in 2009 to 267 in 2011, making Cambodia the only Asian country where the vulture population is stable and might actually be increasing.