SVC runs birding and wildlife viewing trips with unique access to Wildlife Conservation Society sites across Cambodia.
Our mission is to sustain Cambodia’s wildlife and communities through ecotourism.
Our tours are designed to show you the best of birding, wildlife and nature, the real places of Cambodia. We take you places that are `off the beaten track’ in wildlife sanctuaries and protected areas as well as the more famous `must-see’ destinations. We introduce you to local people and their cultures, and the result is a birding and wildlife experience that is unique, varied, exhilarating, relaxing and fulfilling, leaving you with a clear conscience.
History, Mission and Governance
Established in 2003 in memory of pioneering Cambodian Conservationist Sam Veasna, we were registered as a local NGO with the Ministry of Interior in 2006. We provide an alternative sustainable livelihood from ecotourism for the local communities at the sites that WCS prioritizes 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 Ministry of Environment and the forestry patrol teams advised by WCS.
We are a Non-Profit Organization. Any net earnings from providing ecotourism services are invested into conservation projects and the local communities for development projects 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.
The Center’s original mission was broad: to promote wildlife conservation awareness and education in Northern Cambodia. As SVC has grown, it has become involved in education and capacity building, working in remote protected areas. Today the main objective of SVC is to provide local communities with a sustainable livelihood from international tourists who visit these sites for birding and wildlife watching. This award-winning approach was pioneered in Northern Cambodia at Tmatboey and has since been expanded to eight communities across Northern and Eastern Cambodia.
Expert and local
We are a Cambodian organization with over 13 years of experience in wildlife and conservation work. We spend six month every year training our 12 passionate, English-speaking Cambodian guides and trainees in birding and wildlife-viewing skills. We work with local guides in the rural areas taking you to places which are beyond reach to others, presenting you with the best chance to see key species.
Conservation and responsible travel
Our work delivers essential conservation through community-based ecotourism and provides sustainable livelihoods to local communities. We partner with WCS Cambodia and the Royal Cambodian Government in the protected areas, and our work has been awarded globally as a model of successful conservation.
From one day to 25 days travelling throughout Cambodia, all our tours are tailor-made to your own unique requirements and interests.
Our conservation work and partnership with WCS Cambodia gives us unique access to some of Cambodia’s most remote and rare habitats in Wildlife Sanctuaries and Protected Forests, to provide you with the best chance to see critically endangered birds and wildlife.
Still little known as a destination for wildlife watching, Cambodia has an incredible variety of rare habitats and species, many critically endangered. In several of the locations we visit and stay, there will be no one else, a truly unique and magical nature experience.
About Mr Sam Veasna
Ecotourism & Conservation Partners
The Culture Trip read
National Geographic Traveler read 1 I 2
South China Morning Post read
Travindy read 1 I 2 I 3
Global Help Swap read
Discover Magazine – Cambodia 1 I 2
Asia Pacific Daily – EN read
Travel Weekly – Asia read
Travel and Tour World read
Development Gateway read
Mekong Tourism read
We are Wildlife Conservation Society – Cambodia Program’s Ecotourism Partner, working closely alongside them. We are also partners to the 8 communities we work with around Cambodia, as well as the Royal Government of Cambodia and Ministry of Environment in the Protected areas. This partner approach extends to other conservation organisations and the key operators that we work with to support conservation, community and effective ecotourism in Cambodia.
Official Optics Partner
2017 we entered into a new partnership with Swarovski Optik to support our guides with the very best equipment in the world. This valuable relationship will enable our guides’ skills to develop exponentially and with best in class scopes give our clients the best chance to spot species.
Other Conservation and Organisation Partners
Oriental Bird Club
Ground Operator for the World’s best Bird Tour Operators
Just a few of whom are noted below!
Bird Tour Asia
DOF (Birdlife Denmark) Travel
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Sam Veasna Center for Wildlife Conservation is proud and excited to be working with Swarovski Optik Nature, as Official Optics Partners, a relationship forged in recognition of our world-class guide team and efforts in wildlife conservation. Swarovski Optik Nature...read more
Deep in the remote dry forests of the Northern Plains of Cambodia, near the Lao border, lies the now legendary birding site of Okoki in the Chhep Wildlife Sanctuary. The Okoki River is one of the few sites left in Cambodia to find the endangered and elusive...read more
Fancy tracking Endangered Yellow-cheeked Crested Gibbons and Black-shanked Douc Langur through the forests of Keo Seima Wildlife Sanctuary with expert SVC and local indigenous Bunong guides? Find out a little more about the success of WCS Cambodia gibbon habituation...read more
In the last two years alone, Cambodian wildlife conservation and ecotourism organisation Sam Veasna Center have delivered. Keyfacts In the last two years alone we have achieved $89,500 in earnings for the communities $29,000 in Community Conservation...read more