Nature Discovery Center
A New Approach to Wildlife Conservation
Fauna in Focus aims to kick-start the environmental movement in Cambodia at our Pilot Nature Discovery Center. This facility will provide high-quality environmental education and public awareness campaigns right in the heart of Siem Reap. The center aims to attract local students and young adults under 30 (who make up roughly 65% of the population) in an effort to empower these future policy makers, leaders and entrepreneurs, and inspire a love of nature.
1: RECEPTION, GIFT SHOP, JUNGLE CAFE
2: THE HALL OF LIFE ON EARTH
3: CAMBODIAN BIODIVERSITY & ECOSYSTEMS
4: THE WILDLIFE CINEMA
5: STAFF OFFICES & MEDIA STUDIO
6: WILDLIFE DISCOVERY CLASSROOM
7: CONSERVATION ZONE + TREE PLANTING
8: NATURE TRAIL & OTHER OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES
Discovery & Exploration Based Learning
Exhibits will include a wildlife cinema, interactive photo gallery, science classroom and various discovery-based activity stations that cover a broad range of wildlife or conservation topics. The Pilot Nature Discovery Center will test various educational programs, components and interactive activities that we have designed on a broad range of wildlife and conservation topics. These will be included in our pilot center to test their effectiveness and impact with various audiences.
WILDLIFE SCIENCE DISCOVERY CLASSROOM
A world-class wildlife science classroom will provide a learning space for training programs, workshops and Wildlife Club programs for visiting school and universities. High-quality teaching resources, science equipment, and learning tools will make this one of the most advanced science classrooms in the country.
INTERACTIVE Activity Stations
The entire center will be outfitted with numerous interactive activity stations, didactic signage and special exhibits on a broad range of wildlife science and environmental topics. We have already completed the designs for most of these activity stations.
The installations in our center will be designed to international standards, utilizing a mix of modern technology and hands-on materials. Visitors may experience virtual reality environments, engage with touchscreen activities, or handle nature samples and biofacts as they learn about wildlife and conservation in Cambodia.
We are fundraising to open a Pilot Nature Discovery Center, but we have designed a modular and scalable budget. In fact, we have already completed the designs for a very large Nature Discovery Center. If we can raise enough support our project can be easily scaled up.
ECOTOURISM DONE RIGHT
The Nature Discovery Center will operate as a social enterprise. Funds raised will support free entrance for local students, pay for our education and media campaigns, and help ensure financial sustainability and independence for the project.
A Social Enterprise
The Nature Discovery Center will operate as a social enterprise. As a unique attraction unlike anything else in Southeast Asia, the Pilot Nature Discovery Center will attract thousands of foreign visitors. Tourist admissions will support free entry for local students, off-set operational costs and cover free community outreach and media-based awareness campaigns. At just 125 paying visitors per month the pilot center will be financially viable, and aims to be completely self-sufficient after just two years of operations.
6 Month Development
To start the center, we need to raise at least $50,000. This would cover the design and development of the pilot center, along with the associated programs, materials, media and visitor activities. These would be designed by a small team of environmental educators, film-makers and graphic designers over a 6 month period.
Once the center is up and running, our projected annual operations budget is roughly $75,000. This would allow us to staff and manage a small Pilot Nature Discovery Center. This would include a team of environmental educators and Wildlife Instructors.