One of the biggest challenges in protecting wildlife in many parts of the world is to eliminate activities that are profitable for some communities, such as hunting or poaching, and turn these same community members into protectors of the environment. A project in Cambodia is doing just that. Cambodia is home to the most important water bird habitat in Southeast Asia. The conservation project has all but eliminated poaching in the area and turned the community towards protecting these birds. How? Wildlife conservationists enlisted the poachers to work as rangers, making about $5.00 a day. This is significantly more than they made poaching. The poachers also have extensive knowledge of where to locate eggs and protect them, making them experts of the birds they are working to protect. Please read more about this fascinating and very successful project here.