Dolphins Otters Birds in Koh Kong
The mangrove-estuary system of Koh Kong province, Cambodia, is the largest and most intact in South East Asia. Many of the estuaries of the Cardamom Mountains have national park or other protected area status. However due to their remote and until recently inaccessible location they are largely untouched and unexplored and are home to an extremely diverse range of rare and exotic wildlife.
Rare dolphins, finless porpoise, two species of otters, Asia’s most elusive cat, it’s rarest (and smallest) deer, gibbon, macaque and an array of globally endangered shorebirds are just some of our little known treasures.
- IRRAWADDY DOLPHIN
- FINLES PORPOISE
- INDO-PACIFIC HUMPBACK DOLPHIN
Koh Kong has a large marine (salt water) population of Irrawaddy dolphins. They inhabit the waters at the estuary mouth in and around the mangroves. Boat tours and field trips to see and study these beautiful rare dolphins and other wildlife can be arranged at Fat Sam’s Restaurant. These tours are conducted by Koh Kong’s most experienced wildlife guide who has spent many years studying the animals and birds which live in the Cambodian mangroves and estuaries. He now co-ordinates the work of Touk, a locally based organisation supporting and conducting wildlife research into some of these rare and endangered animals and birds.
Cambodia is often described as “a land of water’ so the recent realisation that it is a hotspot for three species of otters is not really surprising. Our estuaries in Koh Kong are the prime habitat for two of these species;
- SMOOTH-COATED OTTER
- HAIRY-NOSED OTTER
Koh Kong’s coastline and islands are the habitat for some of Asia’s rarest and most endangered birds and animals. They are the Wintering home for over 20 species of migratory shorebirds – including the globally endangered Spoon-billed sandpiper. (Global pop, 200).