More than 60 species of endangered plants have been found in the Keo Seima Wildlife Sanctuary in Mondulkiri province, according to the Wildlife Conservation Society.
Sot Vandoeun, WCS’s wildlife monitoring team leader for the sanctuary, yesterday said the habitat contained many species of rare plants and fungi.
“During 10 years of experience, I have observed that this habitat is an amazing wildlife sanctuary,” he said. “Besides providing support to important wildlife, this sanctuary has many rare wild trees and flowers, and more than 10 waterfalls that national and international visitors have never seen before.”
“The sanctuary has great potential for ecotourism development that will generate funding to support conservation and local livelihoods in the future,” he added.
Mr Vandoeun said conservation activities include law enforcement, awareness raising among local communities and authorities, flora and fauna research, indigenous communal land titling, local livelihood initiatives and ecotourism projects.
“It is very good for Cambodia that we have these species, which some countries do not have. That’s why we need to protect them. The plants are good for wildlife as well,” said Mr Vandoeun.
Two critically endangered giant ibis chicks were found for the first time in Keo Seima Wildlife Sanctuary in September. The giant ibis is listed as critically endangered on the International Union for Conservation of Nature Red List.
The sanctuary is also of international importance for the conservation of primates, including the world’s largest known populations of black-shanked douc langur and southern yellow-cheeked crested gibbon.