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“A worthwhile visit to experience animal conservation” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Angkor Centre for Conservation of Biodiversity

Angkor Centre for Conservation of Biodiversity
Kbal Spean | Phnom Kulen National Park, PO Box 93054, Siem Reap, Cambodia
+855 99 604 017
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Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Zoos & Aquariums
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The Angkor Centre for Conservation of Biodiversity (ACCB) is the first nature conservation centre in Cambodia. The ACCB contributes to the conservation of wildlife and biodiversity in Cambodia through wildlife rescue, rehabilitation, release, breeding, environmental education and conservation research. Join us for a guided tour of the rescue centre at 9:00 am or 1:00 pm. This is the only way to visit the ACCB as we are normally closed to the public. Tour lasts about 2 hours and requires a minimum donation of $3 USD. Please arrive on time for the tours. Late-comers cannot be accommodated.
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“A worthwhile visit to experience animal conservation”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2014

My wife and I visited this Center after two days of touring temples to see what is being done in animal conservation in the Siem Reap area. This conservation center is located close to the entrance of Kbal Spean about an hour drive by car from Siem Reap . We took the 1pm tour which lasts about a hour and a half. The local people that work here are passionate about animal conservation and in educating the next generation to appreciate and conserve Cambodia's animals.

The tour was educational and informative. We saw many species that are local to Cambodia including eagles, kites, gibbons, silvered langurs, turtles, peacocks, giant storks, and leopard cats. Their goal is to rehabilitate and return these animals to the protected forests around the Center, if possible. The Center is doing good work trying their best to stem the tide of deforestation, animal abuse, and superstitious beliefs about eating animal parts.

I highly recommend taking this tour to see what some Cambodians are doing to protect their wildlife. Be sure to get to the front gate well before 1pm. The day we visited, they opened the gates 5 minutes before 1pm and closed and locked the gates promptly at 1pm. A couple came several minutes after the tour had begun and were turned away. They are located just to the left of the entrance to the Kbal Spean path with a well marked sign. A donation of 3.5 dollars is requested.

Visited January 2014
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“Great cause and knowledgable staff but a bit disappointing”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2014

My 7 year old and I loved the animals that we saw at the Centre. Our guide was very knowledgable and was able to answer every question from our group. However, the animals that my son and I were excited to see were no longer available for viewing. The good news, they were released back into their natural habitat. The bad news, a very disappointed 7 year old who didn't get to see the animals he wanted to see on the list of animals available for viewing at the Centre.

Visited February 2014
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Dan-ACCB, Manager at Angkor Centre for Conservation of Biodiversity, responded to this review, February 5, 2014
We are very sorry that you and your son did not get to see the animals you were hoping to see, but as we always remind our visitors the ACCB is a wildlife rescue centre, not a zoo. For us, releasing animals back to the wild is our number one priority! :)
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“A great change of pace from the temple circuit”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2014

We took a tuk-tuk ride here from Siem Reap -- about 1 1/2 - 2 hours, over about 50km. It was a pleasant ride, and we arrived just before the 1:00pm tour began.

It was great to get a glimpse of the work they're doing at ACCB. I particularly enjoyed the hilarious howling gibbons and a rather loud kite.

While the tour was informative, our tour guide's English was not quite at the level where we could ask specific questions about the activities of workers here or the state of conservation in Cambodia. There are other guides working, and it varies by day.

Overall, though, this is worth a visit on your way to some of the more remote temples in the Angkor complex!

Visited January 2014
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“Unmissable”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2013 via mobile

If you're looking for smart restaurants, gift shops, cuddly toys and some animals to stroke, you're not going to find it here.

This is a serious project which is making a real difference to the lives of endangered animals.

This involves rescuing illegally-captured, injured or at-risk animals and, where possible, releasing them back into the wild, properly able to find for themselves. Or, where release is not an option, providing a safe, natural refuge. Almost by definition, either process requires minimising contact with humans. You won't find performing animals or "feeding times" posted here.

Don't go expecting Disney train rides and miserable, caged animals. Go and have your tour at the ACCB and properly understand what conservation really means.

And once you've been, pay your "suggested" $3 tour donation and tell me it's not worth ten times that much.

We contacted the centre beforehand to arrange a private tour which, depending on their other work commitments, they do offer. Dan, our guide for the day, was extremely knowledgeable, patient and an honour to meet.

Without people like Dan and projects like the ACCB, the future for endangered, injured or abused Cambodian animals is bleak indeed.

Miss the ACCB and miss the opportunity to make a real difference.



Visited December 2013
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Dan-ACCB, at Angkor Centre for Conservation of Biodiversity, responded to this review, January 30, 2014
Thanks for your wonderful feedback. We are glad you enjoyed your visit and got a taste of the conservation work we do. Just a few quick comments:

-The ACCB now offers tours at 9:00 am in addition to the usual 1:00 pm tour. Please call 24 hours in advance to schedule a booking if you have more than 2 people in your group.

-We normally do not schedule private tours. We of course are happy to make an exception for long-term supporters.

-In the future we in fact will have a gift shop. Probably not so many cuddly toys, but locally sourced sustainable crafts and made-in-Cambodia souvenirs, allowing visitors to support the project and give back to the communities.

Thanks very much for the comments, and we hope to see more people visiting us in the future!
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“Combine with the temple visits”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2013

Not worth a trip on it's own as the centre is quite small and it is 1.5-2 h tuktuk drive from Siem Reap. but if you are visiting other sights in the same direction (banteay srei, kbal spean, butterfly center, landmine museum...) it makes a good visit

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