Thursday, 18 March 2010

Cambodia offers gap year travellers ‘a glimpse of some of Southeast Asia’s rarest birds’

via CAAI News Media

Posted 17 Mar 2010

Gap year travellers heading to Cambodia may want to stop off at a place that houses some of Southeast Asia’s most endangered bird species.

Tonle Sap Lake is described by Bamboo Travel as being "one of the most productive bodies of water in the world" and the most important breeding ground for a variety of birds on the continent.

The Prek Toal Biosphere protects an area in the north-west region of the lake and it is where thousands of birds gather between November and April.

Some of the rare feathered creatures that can be seen from a number of viewing platforms in this space are storks, pelicans, terns, darters, ibis and cormorants.

The lake also provides over half the fish consumed in the country and many floating families and communities can be found on the water.

Last week, it was revealed that volunteers are to be led on an expedition to the Siem Reap province in Cambodia by the Mines Advisory Group to help build a house in the region.

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