Animal parks & wildlife

Get suprised by the Cambodian animal parks. Some of them are very educational and offer an interesting view on the wildlife of this amazing country. Beside visiting and admiring Angkor Wat open your heart to the other beauties of Siem Reap and discover which species still exist.

 

banteay srey butterfly Centre (bbc)

butterfly garden 1The centre offers an educational butterfly exhibit where you can walk through a tropical garden in which thousands of butterflies, which are all native Cambodian species, are flying. A net prevents them from flying out of the garden. The staff will be happily to show you around and to explain the life cycle of the butterfly. They also show how to feed and to grow them. It is an interesting exhibit for all people and especially children will be fascinated by the colorful and beautiful butterflies.

The Butterfly Centre is located on the way to Banteay Srey temple and the Landmine museum. You can take a tuk-tuk which can easily cover the 25kms to get there. You can combine it with a visit to the temples.

You don't need a 'Temple day Pass' if you just want to visit the Banteay Srey Butterfly Centre. you can stop at the check point of the temples and explain to the security you only want to go to BBC!

 

They are open 7 days a week, from 9h00 to 17h00. Adults have to pay 4$ to enter, and Children only 2$. Tel : +855 97 852 7852

www.angkorbutterfly.com

 

crococile farm

The best way to learn more about these fascinating but dangerous creatures is to visit the Crocodile Farm. More than 300 crocodiles are raised there for food which you can taste in the many BBQ's restaurants in town. They are also breeded for their leather skin of which shoes, wallets and handbags are made of.

The farm is located on the road to Tonle Sap, Phnom Khrom Street,. You will see their sign after 500m on the left hand side and after the roundabout of Sivatha blvd. Entrance fee: 3 USD. Tel : +855 12 927 718

crocodile farm 1

Did you know that you can also eat the crocodile eggs? You can cook it as a fried eggs but the smell and taste will be more like cooking and eating fish!

 

prek toal bird sanctuary

prek toal bird sanctuary 1 Tonle Sap lake, and especially Prek Toal floating village, is famous for his bio diversity and for the large population of water birds living on this 31282 hectares biosphere. Take the boat from Chong Khneas village, 15kms from Siem Reap, and join the sanctuary to discover the dozens of species like Black-headed Ibis, Spot-billed Pelican, Greater and Lesser Adjuncts, Painted Stork, Milky Stork, Grey-headed Fish Eagle and many others. Ideally, the best moment to visit is the dry season, December to May, due to the arrival of migratory birds, but guides know and will always find something fantastic to admire. Basic accommodations is available to overnight and to enjoy the sunset and the early morning spectacle. The best way is to do a day trip with an agency or to arrange it with your hotel/guesthouse, but the most adventurous will do it by themselves: tuk-tuk or bicycle to the village, pass the check point (2$) on the wayl to Tonle Sap and find a boat to go to Prek Toal (from 50$ return). The entrance fee is 20$ and 30$ for the guided boat tour into the sanctuary. 

 

Angkor Centre for Conservation of Biodiversity (ACCB)

The Angkor Centre for Conservation for Biodiversity has as mission to perserve and take care of Cambodia's natural heritage. Their main goal is to make sure that the wildlife stays in touch and doesn't get extincted. They also act as a training and conservation centre to inform the communities and local people how to set up environmental friendly projects. 

ACCB has many activities and projects running to maintain the natural beauty of Siem Reap and Cambodia.

Wildlife rescue and rehabilitation

Most animals in the rescue centre come from illegal trade. They are often captured and smuggled for high money. Others are brought in by people which found them. All animals are checked for injuries and diseases. When needed the animals also stay for some time in quarantine to make sure the weak animal isn't infected with any other illnesses and can recover without any stress. These loverly creatures are feeded and nursed till they are totally fit again and can be released in their natural environment. 

Conservation and breeding of threatened spieces

Some animals that are not ready to be released or will get extincted when so, will be put in the breeding section. They will be used for reproducing programms to increase their population. These animals are also interesting tools to create awareness to the community about their risk of extinction. They help us to study and to do research about wildlife that is hard to track or little is known about. 

Environmental education

It is very important to involve and to educate the locals and tourists coming to visit Siem Reap about the issues of Cambodia's wildlife and environmental conservation. ACCB tries to do this be setting up seminars and workshops. They give information sessies in schools and villages and go into the field to talk about responsible eco-tourism. 

In-situ conservation

In-situe conservation is to observe these special spieces in their normal and natural living place. ACCB is involved in projects that monitor and counts the population of each animal. They also cover the biodiversity and preservation of Cambodians nature and wildlife. To accomplish this they often work together with the government agencies and NGO's.

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They offer two kind of tours: 

  • You can just visit the rescue centre where you will have the opportunity to see and to learn about some most endangered animals. A guide will show you around and explain how these species came to ACCB. It is open from Monday to Saturday from 13h00. The tour will last 1,5 hours and as entrance they ask a 3$ minimum donation.
  • The second possibility is the sustainable village tour. Here you can participate in the daily living activities of the Cambodian villages. You can attend from Monday to Saturday and it will take up half your day. The price to participate is 13$ per person.

You can find the Angkor Centre for Conservation of Biodiversity at Kbal Spean. The centre is located near   the Banteay Srey temple and about 42 kms from Siem Reap town. Just follow the way to  Phnom Kulen. Tel: +855 99 604 017 or +855 11 426 856

www.accb-cambodia.org

 


 

 

 


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