The Ang Trapeang Thmor Sarus Crane Conservation Area is one of the prime bird watching sites of northwest Cambodia. The area offers a unique opportunity to easily observe a diversity of bird species including the endangered Eastern Sarus Crane, the world's tallest flying bird. The protected area is a huge reservoir created by forced labor during the Khmer Rouge regime, which harbors a unique wetland now. Besides the Sarus Crane, the reservoir harbors more than 200 species of other birds, of which 18 have been classified as globally threatened or globally near-threatened.
Ang Trapeang Thmor is located in Banteay Meanchey Province in the Northwest of Cambodia. It is about 100km from Siem Reap Town. Ang Trapeang Thmor is a unique wetland ecosystem giving home to over 200 bird species including the endangered Sarus Crane. The population of the Sarus Crane species in this area rose constantly within the last years to a number of more than 300 birds today.
18 of the existing species in Ang Trapeang Thmor are being classified as globally or near globally threatened. The project in Ang Trapeang Thmor tries to help preventing the birds from disappearing. Birds can be watched throughout the whole year but the best time of seeing the Sarus Crane is from February to May. Ang Trapeang Thmor also harbors the globally endangered Eldâ€™s deer. From Siem Reap Town it is a two hours drive during dry season and a three hours drive during rainy season with minibus, taxi or motor taxi. To have access to the forest it is indispensable to have your own 4-wheel drive vehicle.