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Siem Reap’s US$18mil zoo to educate public, help wildlife

PHNOM PENH (The Phnom Penh Put up/Asia Information Network): Angkor Wildlife and Aquarium Co Ltd has invested US$18mil in a zoo in Siem Reap province, which will be opened in Oct to teach and endorse animal conservation as nicely as entice nationwide and global tourists.

At this time, the Angkor Wildlife and Aquarium is making the necessary infrastructure for aquatic and wildlife conservation on a 22ha web-site in Kbon village, Khchas commune in Sotr Nikum district.

Angkor Wildlife and Aquarium typical supervisor Meng Heang reported design began in 2021 with the infrastructure for the display screen and upkeep of aquatic species (freshwater fish, marine fish and turtles) and terrestrial animals. It is 70 for every cent full.

The ongoing design also involves enclosures for substantial wildlife species this kind of as tigers, elephants, tiny bears, as very well as sea and freshwater marine lifetime, and fish from the Amazon river.

In addition, the zoo will have a laboratory. The corporation intends to apply for permits to import eight species, equal to 61 wildlife species, claimed Heang.

“They consist of 8 Asian elephants, eight Sumatran, 5 sunshine bears, 10 Asian small-clawed otters, 10 Javan mongooses, 10 Malayan porcupines, five reticulated pythons and five Oriental whip snakes,” he reported.

Through a visit to the zoo building web site last week, Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Veng Sakhon explained the undertaking is “very important” and is thought of a precedence endeavor for Siem Reap, one of the Kingdom’s a few economic poles, which has typically been driven by its tourism sector.

The zoo is not only for sightseeing but will also be a conservation web site for endangered Cambodian wildlife species, some of which are exceptional.

Also, it is a place to educate the youthful generation and deepen their understanding on wildlife.

“We have supported and inspired the expert workforce that is creating the rest of the infrastructure to full in time for the inauguration ceremony.

“The zoo must also cooperate with the Forestry Administration and the Fisheries Administration to oversee animal conservation, treatment and breeding,” he said.

Cambodia Affiliation of Journey Brokers adviser Ho Vandy told The Post that the tourism sector is centred on society and mother nature, consequently deciding upon Siem Experience as the area for the zoo was a ideal preference.

“This zoo job will be an interesting solution and bring much more travellers to Siem Experience, primarily soon after Cambodia and neighbouring nations around the world have reopened to tourism,” he said.