|Sam Veasna. Photo courtesy
SVC manages wildlife viewing trips with exclusive access to Wildlife Conservation Society sites across Cambodia. We were registered as a local NGO with the Ministry of Interior in 2006. Our goal is to provide an alternative sustainable livelihood from ecotourism for the local communities at the sites that WCS prioritises for conservation. In return for the income and employment received they are asked to sign no hunting and land use agreements, which are monitored by Ministries of Environment and Forestry patrol teams advised by WCS.
We are a Non-Profit Organisation. Any profit from providing ecotourism services in invested into local communtiy development in return for good environmental stewardship. We believe that it is necessary to provide alternative livelihoods in order to achieve sustainable conservation. By choosing to see Cambodia's spectacular wildlife with us you are giving local communities those alternatives.
Sam Veasna was a pioneering Cambodian naturalist who tragically died of malaria in 1999 aged 33 while surveying the Northern Plains of Cambodia for the now extinct Kouprey. During his short life he was responsible for discovering and cataloging many of the most important sites for consevation in Northern Cambodia, including the discovery of large numbers of Sarus Crane at Ang Trapaeng Thmor. The Sam Veasna Center was set up in his memory to promote conservation throughout Cambodia and find ways to continue his work protecting the endangered species of the country.
SVC currently has 8 English speaking guides expert in finding Cambodia's special birds and highly knowledgeable about our sites. Five are also licensed temple guides. We are always training new recruits through our Guide Training program.
SVC aims to offer a professional service ensuring what we hope will be an amazing experience for our customers in return for a fee. Any surplus that SVC makes from eco-tourism contributes to the conservation costs at the sites we visit.
San Sikol (Srun) has worked as a bird guide for SVC for 5 years. Srun is a natural guide and his enthusiasm for birding is infectious. He started training to become a Bird Guide in April 2010 and started guiding SVC clients in November 2010, proving to be a highly capable leader. In February, 2011 he joined the SVC annual Super Tour for nearly two weeks and learned much from Howie Nelson and the clients. Recently Srun has taken over the running of Guide Training at SVC, and has led many groups to our sites around Cambodia. He lives in Siem Reap with his family close to SVC office.
Sophoan, or So, is a Senior Bird Guide and has worked for SVC since 2006. She has led tours for companies including Albatros, Zoothera and Bird Tour Asia as well as for many individual birders from all over the world. A dedicated birder Sophoan is always keen to get out and see more birds and has visited Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia and Indonesia in pursuit of new species. She is also a qualified temple tour guide for the many cultural wonders of the Angkor area.
She lives with her family in Siem Reap.
Sang Mony has always loved wildlife and is a natural birder. A very experienced SVC bird guide Mony previously worked in high end hospitality, including at the Raffles Grand and Sokha Hotels. He came to SVC in 2006, right from the start but also took the chance to work for Flora and Fauna International in the Cardomom Mountains. Previous experience in top end hospitality means that guests always receive five-star treatment.
The ability to work in conservation through ecotourism with SVC proved a real eye-opener for Mony. He is very dedicated to his work that helps to preserve Cambodia’s rare species and wild places, and in helping local communities understand that conservation and ecotourism benefits both the community and the whole country. He's also seen well over 400 species in Cambodia!
Mardy Sean is 30 years old and has worked for the Sam Center in the role of Bird Guide since 2010, taking people to see birds of Cambodia all around the country.
Siem Reap is Mardy's home town, the city of Angkor history and civilization, and is where he still lives. Previous experience working in a five-star resort ensures you will receive the best service during your trip. Having received a degree from Build Bright University his love of nature encouraged him to train at SVC. In particular a sighting of White-throated Kingfisher fired his love of wildlife, and his Cambodian list is rapidly approaching 400 species.
An always- Khmer-smiling Kunthea is a fresh talented bird guide participated with SVC in 2012, completed a hardcore training course from SVC in the same year; thoroughly enjoy guiding tourists to see Cambodian birds. She is married with 2 kids – a boy and a girl who start to bird watch with their parents at weekends. She has been taking toutists out to see birds across Cambodia not less than hundreds of times since she has worked for SVC. Her dream is to show all Cambodian species to the world and travel to see birds as many as she can all over the world.
| Sam Veasna Center
in Siem Reap
SVC Office Siem Reap
Address; #0552, Group 12, Wat Bo, Siem Reap. Cambodia. PO Box 93045
Mobile telephone; +855 92 55 44 73 (local 012 55 44 73) week days and weekends
Office telephone; +855 63 963710 (local 063 963710) weekdays 0800 - 1730
Directions in Siem Reap; Off Watbo Road by Angkor Village Hotel, 250 metres on RHS.