WHAT IS FAUNA IN FOCUS?
Cambodia is a small country, yet it is still home to a rich diversity of plant and animal life. From wild elephants to clouded leopards, the country is home to some of the most iconic species in the world. Sadly, today many of these precious creatures are under threat, and the wild habitats where they live are vanishing.
Cambodia is home to unique dry forests, dense rainforest jungle-clad mountains and the mighty Mekong River. These ecosystems and their natural processes are tied to the fate of the wildlife, people and country as a whole, yet very little is being done to stop this. A generation of war and unrest in Cambodia has led to an under-investment in both the conservation and education sectors.
As a result, today there is a tragic disconnect between people and nature. High quality environmental education that employs modern teaching techniques, and mass-public awareness campaigns to promote positive attitudes are desperately needed if we are to build the public support needed for conservation to work. That’s where we come in!
MEET FAUNA IN FOCUS
Fauna in Focus is a new environmental education and public awareness project based in Siem Reap, Cambodia. Our mission is to improve knowledge of and attitudes towards wildlife, raise support for conservation and inspire a love of nature. By reconnecting people with nature we aim to build a better future for both people and wildlife in Cambodia. We do this through 3 unique approaches:
1 - NATURE DISCOVERY
Nature Discovery is all about hands on learning experiences that reconnect people with nature. We are developing discovery expeditions to bring students and visitors out into nature alongside local wildlife experts. We have also just built and opened Cambodia’s first ever Nature Discovery Center.
2 - ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION
“People protect what they love, and love what they know and understand.”
This is the underlying philosophy behind all of our environmental education programs. Our high-quality, inquiry-based lessons, training workshops and outreach campaigns build knowledge and attitudes that promote wildlife conservation and inspire future conservation leaders.
3 - WILDLIFE MEDIA
Media-based resources offer an untapped tool for wildlife conservation. Our first film reached over 1.5 million views in Cambodia alone, yet this is just the beginning. We are always cooking up new media projects, from AR and VR learning experiences, to citizen science applications, to recycled art fairs. These programs are a new and efficient way to inspire audiences far beyond our own classrooms, helping to build the widespread public awareness and support needed for conservation to work.
THE FAUNA IN FOCUS MASTER PLAN
Smaller, one-off proof of concept pilots in
wildlife media, education and nature discovery.
Major expansions to our programs, with serious
budgets and a full professional staff compliment.
we are here ⮧
The Pilot Nature
Future Visual Media & Digital Awareness Campaigns
Future Environmental Education & Training
The Future Nature
Discovery Center 2.0
NATURE DISCOVERY CENTER 2.0
Fauna in Focus has already completed the designs for a large, world-class Nature Discovery Center. This social enterprise will be open to the public, and will raise support for our Environmental Education and Wildlife Media campaigns through ecotourism. We are looking for partners, sponsors and investors willing to help us pilot this project in Siem Reap.
INTERACTIVE ACTIVITY STATIONS
At the Nature Discovery Center, visitors of all ages and backgrounds will engage with interactive activity stations and hands on installations to learn about wildlife and conservation in Cambodia.
WILDLIFE SCIENCE CLASSROOM
A world-class classroom outfitted with teaching resources, AV setup, and space for classes of up to 40 students. This classroom will host our Wildlife Club and other training programs.
HALL OF CAMBODIAN ECOSYSTEMS
In this hall, visitors will be transported to the Cambodian Rainforest, the Northern Plains Dry Forests, and the freshwater landscapes of the Mekong River and Tonle Sap.
THE WILDLIFE CINEMA
Hidden in the back of the Nature Discovery Center is the Wildlife Cinema, a small theater with space for up to 40 visitors. The cinema will feature regular screenings of A Cambodian Nature Film and our Wildlife Media shorts.
DISCOVER OUR EDUCATION PROGRAMS
Without a fundamental foundation of public awareness, education and training, wildlife conservation cannot succeed. Today there is a tragic disconnect between people and nature in Cambodia. Our Environmental Education programs seek to reconnect people with their environment, and help build a new generation of nature lovers across the country.
Our pilot Environmental Education program, the Wildlife Club program offers some of the most advanced nature education classes in Cambodia. Interactive lessons, world-class materials, and field expeditions offer a unique and memorable learning experience for local students.
WORLD WILDLIFE DAY
In collaboration with local universities, Fauna in Focus hosted Cambodia's first World Wildlife Day on March 4th, 2018. This event brought over 250 local students together to participate in interactive wildlife education activities.
INSECT COMMUNITY WORKSHOP
Fauna in Focus organizes regular Community Wildlife Workshops. These programs bring people into closer connection with nature alongside wildlife experts. Learn more about our recent Entomology Workshop here.
With the support of USAID Cambodia & Winrock International, Fauna in Focus brought A Cambodian Nature Film to rural communities across the country. At each community event we organized special educational activities and programs for locals and school students.
DISCOVER OUR MEDIA PROGRAMS
Fauna in Focus started our project with A Cambodian Nature Film. Since then we have also worked on smaller wildlife shorts, info-graphics and signage to promote wildlife conservation and nature in Cambodia. These resources have huge potential to reach audiences far beyond our classrooms to inspire a love of nature across the country.
A CAMBODIAN NATURE FILM
Our first public awareness campaign. The film has over 1.5 million views here in Cambodia, and is being used today in school and university programs around the country. It was also featured in the 2018 Cambodian International Film Festival.
WILDLIFE MEDIA SHORTS
We are currently working on a new series of educational wildlife shorts. These mini documentaries cover a wide range of Cambodian species, nature and science topics. We aim to continue producing new films and animations on a regular basis.
THE SARUS CRANE FILM
In 2018 we partnered with BirdLife International to produce a short film on the vulnerable Sarus Crane. These birds are in rapid decline in Cambodia. Our short film introduces the Mekong River, Sarus Crane, threats and conservation. Watch for free below.