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Award for wildlife conservation in Cambodia

Dr Jenny Daltry (BSc 1991)

Dr Jenny Daltry (BSc 1991)

27 September 2010

Conservationist Dr Jenny Daltry (BSc 1991) has been awarded the title of Officer of the Order of Sahametrei by the Royal Government of Cambodia in recognition of her work to conserve wildlife in Cambodia. The title is given to foreigners for their ‘distinguished services to the King and to the Nation’.

Dr Jenny Daltry (BSc 1991)

Conservationist Dr Jenny Daltry (BSc 1991) has been awarded the title of Officer of the Order of Sahametrei by the Royal Government of Cambodia in recognition of her work to conserve wildlife in Cambodia. The title is given to foreigners for their ‘distinguished services to the King and to the Nation’.

Dr Daltry has worked as Senior Conservation Biologist for British-based international conservation organization Fauna & Flora International for 15 years.

Much of her time has been spent in Cambodia, where she led a number of field expeditions that resulted in the increased protection of forested areas covering more than 1,000,000 hectares in the Cardamom Mountains.

In 2000, Dr Daltry re-discovered the Siamese crocodile (which was previously thought to be extinct in the wild) and subsequently spearheaded a pioneering community-based programme to conserve this critically endangered reptile.

Dr Daltry also led a ground-breaking initiative to establish a new generation of Cambodian scientists. The Pol Pot regime largely wiped out the educated classes. As a result, Cambodia lacks enough qualified practitioners to manage its wildlife and help it to develop in a sustainable manner.

Under Fauna & Flora International ’s University Capacity Building Programme, Dr Daltry created the first permanent Masters of Science programme at the Royal University of Phnom Penh. She is also the founder and chief editor of the country’s first peer-reviewed scientific journal –  the Cambodian Journal of Natural History – to encourage Cambodians to publish and share their knowledge of Cambodian’s wildlife and natural resources.

Dr Daltry said: ‘The achievement I feel most proud of is helping talented Cambodians, from the government ministries to villages, to become leaders in biodiversity conservation and sustainable use.’