legacy of war hurt its wildlife diversity, but through conservation efforts,
some wildlife is coming back, a forestry official said Thursday.
Elephants, tigers and other species were diminished by
remaining landmines, said Men Phymean, chief of the wildlife protection office
at the Ministry of Agriculture’s forestry department.
He dismissed criticism that government land concessions and
deforestation were to blame.
“We passed through a war,” he said, as a guest on “Hello
VOA.” “The war left landmines, that is what is causing the loss of some
species. But as we have prepared some conservation zones, the wildlife is
Responding to worries about land concessions, he said
Cambodian law carries stiff penalties, up to 10 years in jail and fines of 10
million riel, about $2,500, for illegal wildlife trade.
Meanwhile, Phnom Tamao Zoo Director Nhiek Rattanak Pich said
25,000 visitors per year helped the facility conserve rare species.