Cambodia Hosts International Workshop on Antelope Conservation

Cambodia is hosting an international workshop on preservation of antelope � a wild animal on the verge of extinction globally.

Taking place at Sunway Hotel here in Phnom Penh from Nov. 27 to 29, the three-day workshop is participated by 50 governmental officials, experts and conservationists from Cambodia, India, China, Laos, Thailand and Myanmar.

The gathering serves as a platform for participating delegates to exchange information, knowledge and experience so as to develop a strategic plan to preserve the animal.

The event is organised by Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden (KFBG), a Hong Kong based-organisation and International Bird-life Organisation in Cambodia.

According to BirdLife International Cambodia's programme manager Mr. Bou Vorsak, there are about 3,000 remaining antelopes in the world.

Antelopes across the world, he added, are being threatened especially by forest clearance for human habitation as well as illegal hunting and trade of the animals.

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press