To learn more about the native nature and fauna of Cambodia and the threat wildlife trade is posing to them, Siem Reap Learning Center took a school year trip to Kbal Spean National Park to discover conversation center of biodiversity, butterfly center, Banteay Srey Temple and the national park itself.
Discovering started right at the beginning of the trip when students enjoyed the scenes of villages, rice paddy fields and jungles of Kulen Mountain’s slopes passing by. After the 1.5h bus ride the group arrived at the mountain foot and checked in the animal conservation center. The students were introduced to 45 animal species ranging from less concerned to most critically endangered species. Most animals in the conservation center are rescued and confiscated from wildlife trade, trapping and poaching. Animal population has dramatically dropped down due to illegal trades, habitat losses, the destruction of trees’ nests and economic land concession.
After a hike to a hill of 1500 meters the students enjoyed the view on the mountain ridges and got to know precious wood trees such as rose wood and limber trees. After taking pictures the group had lunch in a wooden building on a holy river bank followed by a bath in the beautiful waterfall.
Back down to plain land, the group headed to Banteay Srey temple. The temple was built in the 10th century dedicated to Hindu god Shiva. It is one of the most precious temples of the Angkorian era. The butterfly center was on the bottom line of the itinerary. The students discovered the life cycle of butterflies and its food chain. Butterflies are beautiful insects with a short life. They use their two-pair wings as camouflage to hide from enemies. The students enjoyed the trip a lot, not only because of the fun activities but also because of the fascinating wild life of Cambodia. The next year trip is already on their wish-list!