AKP Phnom Penh, November 16, 2019 —
Competent authority in Siem Reap province is relocating elephants from Angkor area to Bos Thom community forest in Sotr Nikom district.
The move – through a cooperation between APSARA Authority and the Elephant Management Association – aims to end the animal’s service in carrying tourists around, according to the authority’s recent press release.
The elephants deserve their natural lives in the forest, and this is part of the government’s endeavour to preserve the animal in Cambodia, added the source.
A local tourist Mr. Lach Chantha expressed his full support for sending the animal to live in the community forest.
“I visited other country. I saw elephants being used to ferry tourists. This is sad. So, the transfer of elephants from Angkor area to a new shelter in the forest is a good idea to better protect them,” he said.
As of now, there are about 14 elephants living in Angkor area.
The elephant in Cambodia is Asian elephant species, listed as an endangered species by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).
According to Fauna and Flora International (FFI), there are currently between 400 and 600 wild elephants in Cambodia, most are living in the Cardamom Mountains to the south-western Cambodia, and the eastern plains of Mondulkiri province.
By Khan Sophirom