As Cambodia has continued to develop, much of its unique natural habitat has been lost. However, thanks to a group of dedicated conservationists and the Cambodian Government, the Cambodia Wildlife Sanctuary has now ensured that a key portion of the remaining environment will remain and preserve the remarkable wildlife that calls it “home.”
The Conservation Area is contiguous to the Observation Area, but will be protected by the sanctuary and the government from further human development. The mere existence of this protected area has drawn international applause.
The Conservation Area will allow existing animals to live in peace, while providing a permanent, protected area to release rescued animals capable of returning to the wild.
Collectively, the existence of these Cambodian Wildlife Sanctuaries will attract thousands of visitors each year, willing to support such precious wildlife and its habitat.
All construction is by Cambodian contractors and workers, utilizing native materials and the existing vegetation wherever possible.
The Veterinary Hospital & Quarantine Areas are central to the mission of the project, providing treatment and care of wild and captive animals, large and small, and training of Cambodian veterinarians and scientists concerning disease prevention, basic healthcare, and nutrition for the wildlife.
The hospital will be equipped to treat injured, diseased or sick animals, staffed with trained Cambodian veterinarians. After treatment, animals will either be sent to the Cambodia Wildlife Sanctuary Reintroduction Area for rehabilitation and release into the Conservation Area or, if not releasable to the wild, to the Observation Area to live in a natural setting where they will be protected and receive care for the remainder of their lives.
Native species receiving care and treatment include elephants, leopards, bear, fishing cats, tigers, langurs, primates and a variety of hoofed animals.
A mobile veterinary clinic is also planned for field emergencies. Both areas will be monitored by wildlife wardens and forestry staff for treatment of confiscated animals. Logging and poaching of native wildlife in protected areas have become an increasing problem for wildlife management teams. The hospital and sanctuary security staff will provide welcome assistance to their efforts.
The Veterinary and Tourism Facilities will employ a large staff of groundskeepers, wardens, tour guides, maintenance personnel, animal caretakers, veterinarians, office, gift shop, & restaurant workers.
In addition, the sanctuary will welcome a rotating group of students training in animal sciences. The facility will provide quarters for key staff and interns to ensure twenty-four hour security and protection for the animals at the sanctuary.