Ecotourism collapse threatens Cambodia’s wildlife

The collapse of tourism in South-east Asia means wildlife and conservation in southwest Cambodia may come to a halt in the next few weeks, as forest rangers who protect the animals rely on revenue from ecotourism.

With the temporary closure of Cardamom Tented Camp (CTC) in Cambodia, forest patrols by Wildlife Alliance rangers in Botum Sakor national park in southwest Cambodia may have to be suspended.

The rangers’ equipment, food and wages are provided in entirety by the Thailand-based Golden Triangle Asian Elephant Foundation (GTAEF) and CTC – both dependent on tourism for their income, which has been reduced to zero due to the Covid-19 shutdown.

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