Jahoo Gibbon Camp and Keo Seima Wildlife Sanctuary
Keo Seima Wildlife Sanctuary and the area around our Jahoo Gibbon Camp in the core of the sanctuary (approx. 2000 square kilometers) is one of our most unique birding and wildlife sites. The comfortable tented safari, camp deep in the forest, with its bamboo lounge and delicious Khmer/Bunong food is an experience not to be missed.
For birders – key species such as Germains Peacock Pheasant, Green Peafowl, Siamese Fireback, Great Hornbill, Orange-necked Partidge and one of the largest concentrations of woodpeckers in the world with 16 species recorded on SVC trips including; White-bellied, Heart-spotted, Black and buff, Great Slaty as well as the Pale-capped Woodpecker. We are currently developing feeding stations around the camp to encourage elusive forest jewels such as Blue and Bar-bellied Pittas.
For wildlife lovers KSWS hosts the largest population of Black-shanked Douc Langurs in the world reckoned to be in excess of 40,000. The camp itself is part of a key conservation project with WCS and the indigenous Bunong to protect Yellow-cheeked Crested Gibbons – and early walks with the Gibbon Research team are a highlight of trips, Pig-tailed & Long-tailed Macaques and Germains Silvered Langurs are also present. Pygmy Loris and Small-toothed Palm Civets are seen on night walks. The bamboo is also a feeding ground for Asian Elephants. Gaur and Banteng have been spotted by SVC groups and Eld’s Deer and Sambar have been recorded in the forest – but we make no promises!
With an incredible diversity of evergreen, semi-evergreen, mixed deciduous, dry dipteropcarp and bamboo comes a remarkable diversity of birds and animals – of which 334 bird species, 93 mammals and 60 reptiles and amphibians have been recorded.
Birds: Germain’s Peacock-pheasant, Siamese Fireback, Scaly-breasted Partridge, Orange-necked Partridge, Green Peafowl, Great Hornbill, Bar-bellied Pitta, Blue-rumped Pitta, Blue Pitta, Grey-faced Tit babbler, Grey-eyed Bulbul, Red-vented Barbet, Green-eared Barbet, Black and Buff Woodpecker, Pale-headed Woodpecker, Great Slaty Woodpecker, Great Hornbill, Banded Kingfisher
Mammals: Pig-tailed Macaque, Southern Yellow-cheeked Crested Gibbon, Black Giant Squirrel, Cambodian Striped Squirrel, Variable Squirrel, Asian Elephant, Black-shanked Douc, (Banteng, Sunbear tracks can be seen)
Butterflies: The Common Bluebottle, The Blue Jay, The Fivebar Swordtail, The Common Grass Yellow, The Tree Yellow, Common Tiger, The Striped Black Crow, The Blue Spotted Butterfly, The Blue Pansy, The Peacock Pansy, The Leopard Lacewing, The Yamfly, The Great Mormon, The Blue Helen, The Banded Swallowtail
Birds are most active and calling during the cooler drier times of year, when there are fewer leaves on the trees and target species can be more easily seen but the site is excellent for wildlife all year round.
Lowland evergreen forest on low hills. Some areas support large-stemmed bamboo species.
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