team stationSituated in the far northeast of Cambodia, the forests of Veun Sai-Siem Pang Conservation Area (VSSPCA) form part of a large protected area network that is home to many indigenous peoples and threatened wildlife. Bordering the Virachey National Park, the luscious forest of VSSPCA which covers an area of 55,000 hectares of lowland evergreen and semievergreen forest. High in biodiversity and species density these forests are home to eight of the sixteen most threatened terrestrial species in Cambodia and part of the largest known population of northern yellow-cheeked gibbons in the world. 

  

Although rich in natural resources, the northeast is one of the poorest areas in Cambodia. Home of several indigenous hill tribes, small settlements of mainly Kavet people that are dotted around this forest which is bordered by small agricultural fields. 

  

sleeping quartersThis area is one of the very few left in Cambodia that is almost pristine. Small streams and rocky creeks meander through dense vegetation and grassy savanna contrasts with dense jungle. In addition to the gibbons, other threatened primates including the red-shanked douc langurs, silvered langurs and pygmy loris can be seen if you know where to look. The site is also home to several impressive mammals like Asiatic black bears, sun bears, gaur (wild cattle), dhol (wild dogs) and various jungle cats such as the leopard kitchen siem pang stationand clouded leopard who feed on the site’s wild pigs and deer. Highly threatened birds such as Cambodia’s national bird, the Giant Ibis, of which only a few hundred may remain in the world, and the white-winged duck still persist here, as do the stunning greater hornbill and well over 100 other bird species so far recorded. Amazing insects, amphibians and reptiles, possibly including the critically endangered siamese crocodile also live on here in this beautiful wilderness. 

  

Local Communities 

The Veun Sai area has supported the traditional livelihoods of many groups of indigenous people for centuries. The local communities living in and around the forests represent a diversity of cultures including Brao, Laos, Mon-Khmer, Kavet and Kinh all with their own cultural and linguistic traditions. The local community are co-beneficiaries of funds raised through Gibbon Experience Cambodia and others. Developed and supported by Conservation International, the Community-based Ecotourism Management Team, which is made of democratically elected local community members, receives funds from entrance fees and services provided through our tours and these funds are used in totality for the community’s benefit.  

Money is spent on improving the ecotourism facilities, conservation activities such as funding patrol work by community members 

to protect the natural resources on which they rely and development projects, as determined collectively by the communities around Veun Sai-Siem Pang Conservation Area.  

We are working together towards continuous protection of this area to preserve the natural beauty of Ratanakiri while meeting the needs of the local indigenous community. 

Pictures discription: Top: Rangers of the Siem Pang ranger station, Researchers. bussiness owners in the tourism industry and second from the left Rik Hendriks

Middle: The guests quarters

Bottom: Kitchen/dining place

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