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Friday, 12th February 2016

4 amazing wildlife experiences in Cambodia

Cambodia is one of the most unique countries in the world, offering a variety of things to do ranging from relaxing days on the beach to adventure tours of some of the area’s best wildlife locations. 

Amazing weather, beautiful scenery and stunning coastlines mean there are plenty of things to do for travellers, but one area where Cambodia truly excels is its wildlife attractions. 

Elephants, tigers, lions and a variety of other beautiful creatures can be seen in the country, giving travellers a truly unique look into the lives of some of the world’s most beautiful animals. 

1. Phnom Tamao Wildlife Sanctuary

The Phnom Tamao Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the leading animal enclosures in Cambodia. All of the creatures here were taken from poachers or abusive owners and are placed in the facility as part of a sustainable breeding program. 

Whenever it is possible, animals from here are released back into the wild and there are breeding programs for a variety of threatened species. The sanctuary looks like a zoo crossed with a safari park as animals have plenty of space to roam freely. 

Among the animals here are pileated gibbons, Malayan sun bears, Siamese crocodiles and adjutant storks, meaning visitors can see animals that they may not be able to find anywhere else again. 

2.  Elephant Valley Project

The Elephant Valley Project sets a fantastic example of how to look after and treat the mammals. The site’s main goal is to provide all of its elephants a space where they can resume their natural behaviour and enjoy their independence. 

As a result, the site is particularly big and gives visitors the chance to see how the beautiful animals naturally behave with guidance from wildlife experts. There are currently 9 elephants in the project and money generated from visitors is pumped back into protecting the forests where the last Cambodian wild elephants roam. 

3. Dolphin spotting

Cambodia’s Mekong River gives visitors the chance to see some of the country’s rarest animals, the Mekong Dolphin. After travelling to the quaint riverside village of Sambor, tourists can take a trip on the river and see the highly sociable animal that has sadly been driven to near-extinction. 

Tourism is thankfully helping to protect the animals through the money gained through dolphin-watching excursions. There are boatmen in the area who are aware of where the dolphins are based and will happily take visitors to see them at a small cost. 

4. Phnom Ta Mao 

Phnom Tamao Wildflide Rescue Centre has more than 1,200 rescued animals. Many of these have been made endangered due to illegal wildlife trade and loss of habitat. The zoo even offers a behind-the-scenes tour to interact with the animals and raise funds for their care. 

This gives guests  the chance to feed, bathe and walk with elephants, while there is also the chance to enter tiger dens and get up close and personal with one of the world’s most beautiful animals. 

Related news stories:
Six books you should read before travelling to Cambodia (5th November 2015)
Angelina Jolie has a special bond with Cambodia through her son (28th October 2015)
5 things you didn't know about Cambodia (12th July 2016)
Could you soon be tiger spotting in Cambodia? (6th April 2016)