Angkor Centre for Conservation of Biodiversity

Day 5 of Cambodia.

We decided to head down to the Angkor Centre for Conservation of Biodiversity, after reading many good reviews about the place.

After a 2-hour or so ride (we silently thanked our hotel staff for advising us not to ride there in a Tuk-Tuk), we arrived at a relatively isolated area, near Kbal Spean.

The passionate guide brought us around the grounds, telling us of the various projects undertaken by the centre, ranging from wildlife rescue, to releasing of animals back into their natural habits.

Unfortunately many of the animals were in enclosures and it was not always easy to spot them.

The primate enclosure was quite a sight to observe, though. They are so human in so many ways.

Only this fellow here was spotted roaming freely around the centre’s grounds, and it gave our guide a few friendly “dance moves”, apparently to express affection, much to our amusement.

Overall, the work they’re doing there is indeed commendable, and they could sure use the extra donations from visiting tourists.

Reminder to self, should I ever go to such a place again: Bring mosquito repellent. Bring shades. Bring sunblock. And avoid the ants.

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