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Cardamom Tented Camp on Wanderlust Travel Magazine

Back to the wild: Saving Cambodia's Cardamom Mountains

Cambodia’s Cardamom Mountains region is one of the country’s last true wilderness, and a new eco-camp is ensuring we’ll still be able to see it for years to come…

Like a modern-day Noah’s Ark, the animals were delivered to a promised land free from the evils of man. The boatman tethered our craft to a muddy bank on the Preak Tachan River. The rangers and Cambodian Ministry of Environment officials hauled a menagerie of rescued wildlife ashore: eight caged macaques and rice sacks wriggling with pythons, monitor lizards and tiny tortoises ensconced within their carapaces.

Beyond the forest edge lay a natural grassland clearing called a veal. The macaque cages were heavy, and the rangers sweated as the monkeys within fretted wild-eyed at what might happen next. These animals had been rescued from human captivity and assessed for release at a government facility called Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Centre, near Phnom Penh.

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