Bokor National Park

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Bokor National Park information

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Bokor's moist evergreen forests - with dry dipterocarp and mixed deciduous forests in the north - shelter a wide variety of rare and threatened animals, including the Indian elephant, leopard, Asiatic black bear, Malayan sun bear, pileated gibbon, pig-tailed macaque, slow loris, red muntjac deer, lesser mouse deer, pangolin , yellow-throated martin, small Asian mongoose and various species of civet, porcupine, squirrel and bat.

Over 300 species of bird, including several types of hornbill, also live here. Don't expect to see much wildlife, though - most of the animals are nocturnal and survive by staying in more remote parts of the park.Long kept off the tourist map due to Khmer Rouge activity, Bokor is still threatened by poaching and illegal logging, especially in the north, as well as by squatters, development and, in the southeast, the Kamchay hydropower project. In the 1990s there was talk of making the park a World Heritage site but, sadly, the government's inability to protect the site put an end to the initiative.