Mondulikiri Project at Cambodia
In October 2013 the Mondulkiri Project signed an agreement with Bunong indigenous elders from the Putang Village and the Orang Village. This agreement stops logging in a large area of the beautiful Mondulkiri forest near Sen Monorom. The Mondulkiri Project borders the Keov Sema Protected Area which is home to a lot of wildlife, from birds, to deer, wild pigs and buffalo. There are many beautiful waterfalls, swimming holes, valleys…..it is a very special place.
The elephants no longer need to work for tourist attractions. Every year, many elephants from Sen Monorom get exported to Siem Reap to work. These elephants don't live a long life. They are often not fed enough and get treated very poorly.
This past summer when I went to Cambodia, I had to stop by Sen Monorom to visit this project. It was an amazing experience and I learned a lot about elephants and the local people. I wanted to help out the elephants by joining this project.
The Mondulkiri project wants to stop this and let the elephants be happy and live a long life. There are not many elephants left since most of them die young. This project also helps the indigenous Bunong people from starving. Right now they have 3 elephants that live in the forest.
Sen Monorom is a 6 hr bus ride from Phnom Phen in Cambodia. There are buses everyday. You can join their one day program with an elephant adventure tour or two days program with elephants and jungle trek tour. The money you pay goes towards this project about protecting the forest and the elephants. The wife of the boss is also running a bungalow hotel which is very cheap, nice and serve ridiculous good food! This was an amazing experience and I recommend everyone to go if you ever go to Cambodia. The guide Mr. Tree was a nice guy with a big heart and ambitions.
If you don't have a chance to go and visit you can always donate money to them. There is also a volunteering work if your interested. Visit their homepage for more information.
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