Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Carrion the torch: Rare vultures discovered

Carrion the torch: Rare vultures discovered

An endangered red-headed vulture at Preah Vihear’s Chheb Wildlife Sanctuary. Photo supplied
An endangered red-headed vulture at Preah Vihear’s Chheb Wildlife Sanctuary. Photo supplied

Carrion the torch: Rare vultures discovered

Three nests belonging to critically endangered red-headed vultures are being guarded day and night to ensure their survival after they were discovered earlier this month at Preah Vihear’s Chheb Wildlife Sanctuary, according to a spokesman with the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS). Spokesman Eng Mengey said the first nest was found on January 1 and the other two were discovered on Friday.

The population of red-headed vultures in the Kingdom could be less than 50. Cambodia is also home to the slender-billed and white-rumped vultures. However, all three types of vultures have taken a hit in recent years, with their populations dropping by half since 2003.

The three species are all listed as critically endangered, and have somewhere between 200 to 300 individuals left in the country, Mengey said. The nests’ discovery is “very good news for our conservation”, Mengey said.

WCS has hired six community members, two per nest, to protect them, Mengey said.

MOST VIEWED

  • Prince Norodom Ranariddh passes away at 77

    Prince Norodom Ranariddh, the second son of the late King Father Norodom Sihanouk and former First Prime Minister of Cambodia, has passed away in France at the age of 77. “Samdech Krom Preah Norodom Ranariddh has passed away this morning in France just after 9am Paris-time,”

  • Rise in planned flights lifts travel hopes

    Six airlines have applied to resume flights in December, while two others have put in for additional flights and routes, according to State Secretariat of Civil Aviation (SSCA) head Mao Havannall on November 29. These account for 43 new weekly domestic and international flights in December, up 16

  • General’s gun smuggling ring busted

    The Military Police sent six military officers to court on November 22 to face prosecution for possession of 105 illegal rifles and arms smuggling, while investigators say they are still hunting down additional accomplices. Sao Sokha, deputy commander of the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces and commander of

  • Is Cambodia’s travel sector in for another cheerless holiday season?

    The travel and tourism sector was heaving back to life as borders started to reopen, promising a festive vibe for the holidays and New Year. But Omicron and other Covid-related issues are threatening to close the year on a bleak note ‘Seems [like] Covid-19 won’

  • Cambodia, Thailand to discuss border reopening

    Cambodian authorities from provinces along the Cambodia-Thailand border will meet with Thai counterparts to discuss reopening border checkpoints to facilitate travel, transfer of products and cross-border trade between the two countries. Banteay Meanchey provincial deputy governor Ly Sary said on November 22 that the provincial administration

  • Hun Sen: Manet to be candidate for prime minister

    Prime Minister Hun Sen has reaffirmed that his oldest son Hun Manet will be his successor as Prime Minister if he is elected. Speaking during the inauguration of a new sewage treatment facility in Preah Sihanouk province on December 2, Hun Sen said Manet will be