Mondulkiri plans wildlife breeding station and zoo

Thong Savon visits rangers at Sre Pok Wildlife Sanctuary in Koh Nhek district on April 24. MONDULKIRI ADMINISTRATION

According to provincial administration spokesman Cheak Mengheang, Mondulkiri provincial governor Thong Savon advised environmental officials at Srepok Wildlife Sanctuary to search for a suitable location to establish a conservation station. breeding wildlife and possibly establishing a zoo alongside it to attract tourists.

Mengheang said April 25 that following a meeting with environmental officials on April 24, Savon advised sanctuary officials to seek out a suitable location to establish a wildlife breeding station that would could also serve as a zoo for tourists.

He said the governor has also advised environmental officials to select animal species for breeding that are endangered or near extinction, in collaboration with the World Wildlife Fund in Cambodia ( WWF-Cambodia).

“We are trying to increase the population of endangered species. He advised us to build a fence around the land and raise many species of animals. For example, if there are 100ha or 200ha, we could fence off for breeding animals that tourists can visit,” he said.

According to Mengheang, the idea of ​​establishing a wildlife breeding center in Srepok Wildlife Sanctuary came after the upgrading of National Highway 76, making it easier to access the area. Additionally, there are beautiful brush and other trees that are favorable to wildlife.

WWF-Cambodia director Seng Teak said April 25 that the organization was drafting a proposal that would examine the positive and negative impacts on wildlife of the governor’s idea and seek ways to increase the number of wild animals in Mondulkiri. as well as the creation of ecotourism destinations.

“We are looking at locations in general to establish them as an area where wildlife can be protected from hunting, snaring and other threats to wildlife so they can safely breed in the sanctuary. And we would also work with the technical team to move some wild animals into the safe zone to protect them,” he said.

Biodiversity researcher Sok Vichea supported the establishment of the wildlife breeding station, saying the threat of extinction of wild animals in the Kingdom was due to many factors such as encroachment on farmland and some developments that affected natural resources or resulted in the loss of wildlife habitats.

“If we have a breeding ground as well as a place to release them and raise them in the wild with care and conservation, I think that could be a good sign and could help prevent the extinction of these species,” said he declared.

He added that the establishment of a wildlife breeding center would contribute to the preservation of natural resources, in part because of the fencing and surveillance of the location which would prevent intruders.

For animals to live naturally, he said experts should always look at the biological factors involved in each species so animals can thrive and reproduce as much as possible.

“I think the breeding station can help care for the animals that are already in this area. We probably couldn’t take animals from other areas and move them there because their biology and habitat needs would be different,” Vichea said.