ACCB: Cambodia, a Hotspot for Biodiversity

AKP Phnom Penh, April 03, 2019 —

“Cambodia is a hotspot for biodiversity. There are many different species of animals in the country and some are very rare,” Mr. Michael Meyerhoff, Country Director of Angkor Centre for Conservation of Biodiversity (ACCB) told AKP.

Cambodia is one of the very important countries for conservation, added Mr. Meyerhoff.

Founded in 2003, ACCB is located on an area of 14 hectares at the historical site of Kbal Spean, about 40 kilometres north of Siem Reap provincial city. The centre houses more than 630 animals of over 40 species and around 90 percent of them are threatened, endangered and critically endangered.

The number of animals in the centre is changing because after being rescued, mostly from illegal wildlife trade, they are treated if there are injuries or diseases before being released to the wild, according to the ACCB country director.

(Mr. Michael Meyerhoff, ACCB Country Director)

Common Palm Civet (Paradoxurus hermaphroditus)

Asian Woolly-necked Stork (Ciconia episcopus episcopus)

Elongated Tortoise (Indotestudo elongata)

(Photo: Thach Phanarong)

By C. Nika