What you can do

Light up their lives

The rangers sure could use a few flashlights as they spend nights at a stretch in the forest which when moonless, can be very dark.

Especially useful would be headlamps, like those used by miners, which would leave the ranger's hands free. It is kind of scary getting up in the night without any light, even the rangers will admit.

Donate some equipment

Other equipment that is vitally needed include camelback waterpacks such as those carried by tourists, some better boots and proper walking sandals (rangers hike up to 20km a day, often in water soaked ground) and cameras, in particular Olympus digitals.

If you have a spare pair of binoculars, they would sure be useful as much of the wildlife in the Srepok wilderness is elusive and can be sighted only at a distance.

Funding for fuel

It is a long trek into the wilderness and a lot of gas is used to get there. Fuel is also required to keep the generators running.

Anyone or any company willing to sponsor our fuel costs would be greatly appreciated.

Come visit

Tourism can play a vital role in conservation, increasing people's appreciation of nature, raising much needed revenue to patrol and protect the wilderness, and creating jobs for local people.

Come to Cambodia and ride the elephants through the Dry Forests.

If you are lucky, you will see some strange beasts, many of them highly endangered.

The Srepok Wilderness ecotourism venture will soon be open for business so make this special place on the planet your next holiday destination.

Contact

  • Michelle Owen

    WWF Myanmar Country Office

    +95 1 534 907

For a long time I have felt the need to become actively involved in conserving our environment. It has been a natural process of growing consciousness and personal commitment for me, and that is why I have chosen to support WWF – an organization that finds concrete solutions for sustainable livelihoods. In 2005, I began an exciting project with WWF to support its Srepok Wilderness Area Project in the Mondulkiri Protected Forest of Cambodia. The aim of this project is to protect and restore biodiversity through community based management of natural resources and by developing eco-tourism as a source of income for the local people.

Bruno Figueras

  •  / ©: WWF

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