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.
The 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$. Tel : +855 97 852 7852
The best way to learn more about these fascinating but dangerous
creatures is to visit the Crocodile Farm. More than 300 crocodiles
are raised there for food which you can taste in the many BBQ's
restaurants in town. They are also breeded for their leather skin
of which shoes, wallets and handbags are made of.
The farm is located on the road to Tonle Sap, Phnom Khrom
Street,. You will see their sign after 500m on the left hand side
and after the roundabout of Sivatha blvd. Entrance fee: 3 USD.
Tel : +855 12 927 718
Did you know that you can also eat the
crocodile eggs? You can cook it as a fried eggs but the smell and
taste will be more like cooking and eating fish!
Sap lake, and especially Prek Toal floating village, is famous for
his bio diversity and for the large population of water birds
living on this 31282 hectares biosphere. Take the boat from Chong
Khneas village, 15kms from Siem Reap, and join the sanctuary to
discover the dozens of species like Black-headed Ibis, Spot-billed
Pelican, Greater and Lesser Adjuncts, Painted Stork, Milky Stork,
Grey-headed Fish Eagle and many others. Ideally, the best moment to
visit is the dry season, December to May, due to the arrival of
migratory birds, but guides know and will always find something
fantastic to admire. Basic accommodations is available to overnight
and to enjoy the sunset and the early morning spectacle. The best
way is to do a day trip with an agency or to arrange it with your
hotel/guesthouse, but the most adventurous will do it by
themselves: tuk-tuk or bicycle to the village, pass the check point
(2$) 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.
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
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
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.
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
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.
They offer two kind of tours:
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
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