In eastern Cambodia, the WWF Srepok Wilderness Area Project (SWAP) is proving that the area is an exceptional refuge for endangered wildlife.
Camera traps set up in the wilderness area have recorded a series of photos of the critically endangered wild water buffalo. The images are the first since a single photo was taken in 2001 by a joint survey conducted by the Wildlife Conservation Society and the Cat Action Treasury.
The wild water buffaloes in Srepok comprise the last remaining population in all of Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos, and eastern Thailand. Although the situation is serious in terms of population numbers, it is believed that the resident population – estimated at 30-50 animals – now at least stands a chance of survival.