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Giant Ibis
Giant Ibis is one of the most endangered bird species in the world. Thought to be only 300 mature individuals left in the world, this species can be seen in Cambodia's Northern Plains. Giant Ibis is also the national bird of Cambodia.
White-shouldered Ibis
Classified as critically endangered by the IUCN, White-shouldered Ibis is mostly seen in single or pairs whilst foraging but can be seen in large flocks whilst foraging. The largest group ever seen together at one time was 185.
Red-headed Vulture
The rarest of the three critically endangered vulture species in Cambodia, Red-headed Vulture’s rapid decline of this species is a result of residues of the anti-inflammatory drug diclofenac used to treat domestic livestock.
White-rumped Vulture
White-rumped Vulture is the least rare of the three critically endangered vulture species in Cambodia and can mostly be seen in Cambodia’s Northern Plains.
Slender-billed Vulture
Slender-billed Vulture, along with the other two critically endangered vultures, now rely off a supplementary feeding programme that has been supported by SVC and WCS. You can see this in action at the Boeng Toal Vulture Restaurant.
Cambodian Tailorbird
Cambodian Tailorbird was officially classified and one of Cambodia’s two truly endemic bird species. This species can be seen within the floodplain of the Tonle Sap, Mekong and Bassac Rivers in Cambodia.
Cambodian Laughingthrush
The second endemic species is one of the hardest to find in Cambodia. This species resides between 900 and 1500 meters in the thick broadleaf evergreen forest of Aural Mountain.
Yellow-breasted Bunting
This now critically endangered species has seen a large decrease in numbers in the later half of the 20th century due to excessive trapping whilst migrating. It is not uncommon to see this species in the rice fields outside of Kratie from January to April.
Mekong Wagtail
SVC was named after inspirational Cambodian conservationist, Sam Veasna who died in 1999 from malaria. His name lives on through the scientific name of the Mekong Wagtail that bears his name ‘Motacilla samveasnae’.
White-winged Duck
Possibly the most elusive bird in Cambodia along with Masked Finfoot. The traditional range of this species used to extend to Kampot and Sihanokville but is now extinct in these regions. Now this species can only be found in Cambodia’s Northern Plains.

Sam Veasna Conservation Tours Ltd. (SVC) is a social enterprise non-profit organisation. Our mission is to sustain Cambodia’s wildlife and communities through ecotourism.

Since SVC’s inception, to date, we have guided 6,500+ tours and 10,000+ tourists to discover the amazingly diverse range of species that Cambodia has to offer. Every visitor to the communities we work with pay a ‘Conservation Contribution’. This fee goes towards projects that build infrastructure for some of the poorest communities in Cambodia.

Since 2015, visitors to SVC have contributed over $500,000 to local communities. SVC works with the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and Ministry of Environment (MoE) to ensure your contributions go to projects that benefit the communities. Previous projects have included; well-building, road repair and local primary school renovations.

During the off-season, SVC teaches communities skills needed to maintain high tourism standards- cooking hygiene, housekeeping training and local guide training. This provides supplementary income for individuals and helps to show the value of tourism and how important it is to protect their unique birdlife.

Since SVC’s inception, we have seen stable populations in Giant Ibis and other endangered species as well as a slight increase in White-shouldered Ibis. SVC is currently working to create a new birding site for Masked Finfoot which we hope to take birders to see in late 2021/early 2022.

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