ANLONG PRING BIRDS SANCTUARY
Explore home of the Sarus Crane
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The Anlong Pring bird sanctuary is located in Kampong Trach district, Kampot province. This sanctuary is an official IBA (Important Bird Area), along with over 12,000 IBA’s in 200 countries. Anlong Pring’s IBA is Cambodia’s 2nd Sarus Crane reserve since 6 January 2011. The 1st reserve was established in Takeo province in 2007. The Anlong Pring reserve covers 217 hectares of seasonally inundated grassland. In March 2010, the site held nearly 300 Sarus Cranes, more than 30% of the global population! Still, they can be difficult to spot for visitors. Please note that you can only see the Sarus Crane birds from mid-November until May every year!
Currently there is no accommodation on the site. However, this area is easily accessible both from Kep and Kampot.
LOCAL AREA & ACTIVITIES
The Cranes usually arrive around mid-November, to use the wetlands as a feeding ground, and remain until early May when they begin their migration to the wetlands in the northern and eastern plains of Cambodia where they breed. The Sarus Crane (subspecies sharpii) is a large crane found in parts of the Indian Subcontinent, Southeast Asia and Australia. The tallest of the flying birds, standing at a height of up to 1.8 m, they are a conspicuous and iconic species in the open wetlands. The Sarus Crane is considered globally vulnerable.
An entrance booth is being set up to collect a fee (max$5) that will go to the preservation of the reserve and the people living in the surrounding villages.
GETTING THERE & TRANSPORT
From White Horse roundabout in Kep, drive east on road #33. After 29km, #33 takes a sharp left turn. You continue straight onto #31 (gravel road) for 700m. Turn right under an archway, drive through great countryside for 9km until you arrive at a T-crossing. Turn left here, drive past the pagoda and turn right again. Continue 3km and turn left (there is a crane bird sign board here) (if you go straight instead, you complete the loop to the Kampong Trach metal bridge after 15km). After 200m turn left again, continue 1.5km and you arrive at the makeshift Birdlife Centre watch post. The last 500m is not accessible by tuk tuk.