By Mengey Eng
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| January 04, 2018
Keo Seima Wildlife Sanctuary (KSWS), formerly known as Seima Protection Forest, is home to more than 60 species of animal and plants on the global Red List that are threatened with extinction, according to the criteria of IUCN. The area is of international importance for the conservation of primates (including the world’s largest known populations of black-shanked douc and southern yellow-cheeked crested gibbons), wild cats, Asian elephants, wild cattle and several species of birds. A series of study have shown KSWS is potential for future ecotourism development.
“Through 10 years’ experience in KSWS, I observe that KSWS is an amazing wildlife sanctuary in Cambodia. Besides providing support to important wildlife, this sanctuary has many rare wild trees and flowers, especially over 10 waterfalls that national and international visitors have never seen before. KSWS has great potential for ecotourism development that will generate funding to support conservation and local livelihoods in the future,” said Sot Vandoeun, WCS’s Wildlife Monitoring Team Leader for KSWS.
WCS in collaboration with Ministry of Environment (MoE) and local communities has been working to protect KSWS and its biodiversity for nearly 20 years. Those conservation activities include law enforcement, local communities and authorities awareness, flora and fauna research, indigenous communal land titling, local livelihood initiatives and ecotourism project.
To visit KSWS and see some of this natural world for yourself, book a tour with SVC (samveasna.org) or visit the Hefalump Café, Mondulkiri’s responsible ecotourism hub, in Sen Monorom town.