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Cambodian waterbirds make a comeback -- thanks to former poachers


When you place value upon wildlife, it tends to stay alive.

Case in point, a unique project which has helped populations of seven species of rare Cambodian waterbirds rebound as much as 20-fold since 2001, according to a report from the Wildlife Conservation Society.

The project, established by WCS and Cambodia's Ministry of Environment, hired 30 local Cambodians -- who used to hunt the birds or gather their eggs -- to form a team of park rangers operating 24-7 to protect and monitor the bird colonies. This not only provided much-needed employment for the former hunters but got them personally involved in their local ecosystem.

The seven species which benefited from this project include the spot-billed pelican, milky stork, painted stork, lesser adjutant, greater adjutant, black-headed ibis and Oriental darter. 

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Extinction Blog will return on April 23. Let's not have too many species die out in the next two weeks, okay?