The giant muntjac deer, a rare endangered species, was first spotted in Cambodia, a sign that the country’s efforts to preserve wildlife are paying off, local authorities said on June 25, 2021.
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The animal was photographed in April by an automatic camera hidden in Virachey National Park, in Ratanakiri province (northeast), Environment Ministry spokesman Neth Pheaktra told AFP. But the revelation came only recently, when Cambodian authorities found a camera and reviewed months of footage of the forest, which is known to hide the illegal timber trade. “The most exciting news for Cambodia and the whole world is that such a rare and critically endangered species has been discovered in Cambodia.“, did he state.”This is a positive result for government efforts to protect natural resources.The species was first discovered in the forests of neighboring Vietnam and Laos in 1994 Muntiacus vuquangensis, its scientific name is on the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List as critically endangered.
A photo transmitted on June 25, 2021 by the Cambodian Ministry of the Environment showing a giant muntjac deer, taken on April 11, 2021 with a hidden camera, in Virachey National Park, Cambodia. Credit: Cambodian Ministry of Environment / AFP – Material
A situation that is improving
Illegal logging remains a major environmental risk in Cambodia, where large areas of forest have been threatened since the end of the 1998 civil war. Virachey National Park suffered from widespread deforestation in the early 2000s, but its situation has improved. “The park has become a safe haven for wildlifesaid Neth Pheaktra.