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“Informative and important work”

Angkor Centre for Conservation of Biodiversity
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3-Day Siem Reap Tour: Angkor Wat, Ta Prohm, Bayon...
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The Angkor Centre for Conservation of Biodiversity (ACCB) is the first nature conservation centre in Cambodia. The ACCB contributes to the conservation of wildlife and biodiversity in Cambodia through wildlife rescue, rehabilitation, release, breeding, environmental education and conservation research. Join us for a guided tour of the rescue centre at 9:00 am or 1:00 pm. This is the only way to visit the ACCB as we are normally closed to the public. Tour lasts about 2 hours and requires a minimum donation of $3 USD. Please arrive on time for the tours. Late-comers cannot be accommodated.
Reviewed 4 December 2013

The ACCB gives free tours (voluntary donation at the end if you want) at 1pm Mon-Sat, by both local and international staff. Aside from the tour, you can't enter the grounds, as it's more of a wildlife rescue and sanctuary facility than a zoo. They have birds of prey, water birds (including the only captive M/F pair of greater adjutants in the world I think, and lots of Lesser Adjutants) and green peafowl. They have gibbons and a family of silver langurs in free-range paddocks filled with trees surrounded by tall electric fences. There is a captive breeding colony of endangered Elongated Tortoises, different kinds of freshwater turtles and water snakes typical of the Tonle Sap lake, slow lorises, mavaques, big monitor lizards and a Malayan palm civet. When we visited they had two leopard cat kittens. There is also a pangolin facility but as they're nocturnal they're always hiding when tourists come. The guides are very knowledgeable and explain about each species' life history and conservation status. Great to have some direct information about their wildlife conservation work.

3  Thank Louise_in_Cambodia
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Reviewed 1 December 2013

We spent 2 hours walking around ACCB with Dan, our guide and getting to know the birds, turtles and mammals residents. Through Dan's informative stories, we learnt how those birds and animals would be rehabilitated and released if possible. those who cannot, for various reasons, were kept as breeding stock to replenish wild populations. There were also sad stories like the Giant Ibis, the only specimen in captivity, but only because it was brain damaged and could not register the environment that well. Giant Ibis are generally too nervous to be captured. The cruel and illegal wildlife trade in Slow Loris were shocking. We particularly appreciate the large natural open enclosure that house the female gibbons. The lesser Adjutant stocks appear to be breeding and nesting. Keep up the good work ACCB!

1  Thank Alvin W
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Reviewed 21 November 2013 via mobile

Great organization snuggled in at a base of Kebal Spean Mountain about 45 minutes from Siem Reap. Will see Gibbons / Birds and lots of endangered wildlife. Don't forget the hike to the waterfall next to it which is separate . Bring comfortable shoes for this as it's not a easy 1100 meters up to the waterfall.

Thank Wahoo1000
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Reviewed 16 November 2013 via mobile

This centre is a great place to visit and they are doing some really valuable work for conservation in the area. Our guide was really well informed and spoke great English. The tour was hugely interesting and educational.
Unlike a zoo, it is very obvious that the priority of the centre is the care and conservation of the animal species and not to entertain tourists. Even so, we were able to see a huge array of exotic species, some critically endangered, in the knowledge that the resident animals only remain in captivity because previous injury or acclimatisation to humans has made them unfit to survive in the wild. Enclosures are a decent size and every effort is made to enrich them.
The animals at the sanctuary, where possible, are either rehabilitated and released or bred and their offspring released into the wild at safe sites within the local national park.
I was so impressed with the work these guys are doing - such a good project and an amazing visit! Definitely worth the trip out from Siem Reap.

Thank Claire D
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Reviewed 7 November 2013

Learned about animals I never knew existed. A great place with volunteers from around the world doing great work with rescued native animals from border control, markets and pets. Breeding and release programs. Some funding from the Russians. Donations gratefully accepted.

Thank Lynda S
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