THE CAMBODIAN WILDLIFE CLUB
The Wildlife Club Program is designed to build a new generation of nature lovers and future conservation leaders in Cambodia. A Full-Semester Wildlife Club consists of 10 world-class lessons on a broad range of wildlife, science and conservation topics, as well as a Nature Discovery Expedition for a truly engaging learning experience.
Building Future Conservation Leaders
Our Wildlife Club is designed to educate and inspire future nature lovers and conservation leaders. Through world-class education we build a foundation of knowledge and environmental awareness needed for conservation to succeed.
Inquiry & Discovery Based Learning
lessons are designed using international learning standards and teaching methods. These fun and engaging programs are designed around inquiry-based learning that encourages development of teamwork and critical thinking skills.
High Quality Resources & Biofacts
Our programs provide a fun and engaging learning experience unlike anything available in Cambodia, and include interactive media presentations, student-led activities, bio-facts, field expeditions, and well-developed teaching resources.
EXPLORE OUR LESSONS
1) Intro to Biodiversity
The fundamentals of biodiversity, starting with a basic understanding of living organisms and species. Students build a list of 8 characteristics of life and explore the many benefits of biodiversity.
2) Animal Diversity
After an intro to taxonomy. Then groups explore clues to identifies and share the characteristics of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish and insects. The lessons ends with a taxonomy relay race.
3) Animal Needs & Adaptations
After an introduction to animal habitats, students learn to build suitable habitats including food, water shelter and mates. Then groups compete to build the animal adaptations board to identify behavioral and physical adaptations. Students also infer adaptations by making observations of several different animals skulls.
4) Biomes of the World
Before learning more about Cambodian biodiversity and ecosystems, lessons 4 introduces 13 major biomes around the world. Student groups work together to build a biome board to identify the characteristics, ecosystems and biodiversity from different bio-regions around planet Earth, and then share their findings with their classmates.
5) Cambodian Biodiversity
This lessons introduces the IUCN Animal Classification System and Red List for endangered species. Then students work together to identify and categorize over 50 different Cambodian wild animals species.
6) Cambodian Ecosystems
Students work to return Cambodia's native wildlife into 8 ecosystems across the country, from the Dry Forests to Mangrove Swamps. Along the way students gather habitat resources and conservation awards.
7) Primates of Cambodia
Cambodia is home to 11 primate species. In this lessons, students rotate through stations and explore the characteristics that unite all primates before competing in a trivia game on Cambodia's primate species.
8) Earth, Air, Fire, Water
Students explore a wide range of vital natural processes by building several interactive activity boards on the water cycle, pollination and seed dispersal, the nutrient cycle, plant photosynthesis and more.
9) Threats to Biodiversity
Students work in teams to identify the various threats facing biodiversity around the wold including pollution, habitat loss, invasive species and over-hunting. It ends with a brief overview of Cambodia's threats.
10) Conservation in Cambodia
This lessons is divided into two parts. In part one, students share info on conservation projects and initiatives in Cambodia, before an interactive activity on how to apply conservation practices into their daily lives.
Our lessons are introductory. They work best for high school or university students with no prior training in environmental education or wildlife science. We can easily adapt our lessons for students of any age and background. Lessons are available in either English or Khmer.
Each program is designed to run for 1.5 hours and includes classroom actives and often outdoor games or challenges. We ask schools to allow a 2 hour window. This allows us additional time to respond to student questions or add additional activities.
Fauna in Focus provides all required AV setup and transport to and from your school. Access to power is highly beneficial as each program is designed with an accompanying, interactive media-based presentation, and often includes videos.
Single Program - $250
Want to see what are programs are all about? Browse our Wildlife Club lessons and choose a lesson that fits your current curriculum.
Semester Series - $1,500
For the full impact and a big discount, sign up for a semester series and give your students a unique opportunity to build a real passion for nature.
NATURE DISCOVERY EXPEDITIONS
RE-CONNECTING PEOPLE & NATURE THROUGH EXPLORATION AND LEARNING
We are developing a selection of high-quality, education-focused field expeditions that will bring student groups and visitors into wild landscapes all across Cambodia. These programs will help bring people into closer contact with nature and conservation, while also supporting trusted conservation efforts that are making a difference in Cambodia. No green washing here. Every site we visit focuses on the work carried out by the local conservation projects, and gives students the opportunity to study wildlife in its natural setting and learn about conservation from wildlife experts in many different fields. Contact us if you would like to arrange a expedition.
ANG TRAPEANG TMOR
SUPPORTING CAMBODIAN BIRD GUIDE ASSOCIATION
A full day trip to explore this flat floodplains landscape. Depending on the time of year we can see Sarus Crane, or even the critically endangered Eld’s deer. Along the way we will work with local rangers and wildlife experts to learn about the vital work they are doing and put some practical field skills to the test. From basic GPS use to more advanced mapping software, the trip offers a great opportunity to learn some real world skills in the field.
This trip is also a great opportunity to practice your wildlife photography. We will be conducting some photography training on this course throughout the day, so be sure to bring your camera and your longest lens.
SUPPORTING ANGKOR CENTER FOR CONSERVATION OF BIODIVERSITY (ACCB)
A full day of nature learning from Siem Reap. We start with an introductory program and a viewing of ‘A Cambodian Nature Film’ at The Nature Discovery Center of Cambodia. From there we head up for a special tour at Bantey Srey Butterfly Center to learn about these beautiful insects from a local insect expert.
Next is a stop at the Orchid Bloom Garden to learn about orchid research for a resident experts. After a healthy lunch, we visit the main foucs of the trip, Angkor Center for the Conservation of Biodiversity (ACCB).
This German NGO works with local rescued wildlife to provide conservation breeding, rehabilitation and reintroduction where possible. We will spend the entire afternoon with their expert staff, learning about the challenges of wildlife rescue and rehabilitation, and joining a VIP tour of the facility to learn about all the animals they are currently working with.
FORESTS OF ANGKOR
SUPPORTING WILDLIFE ALLIANCE
A full day of exploration, starting at the Forest of Angkor and ending at a new wetlands sanctuary in Bantey Srey. After an introduction at The Nature Discovery Center we head out to explore the forest of Angkor. There we meet up with rangers from Wildlife Alliance to learn about the gibbon, langur and otter reintroduction program that is ongoing in the park, and how Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center works to conduct wildlife law enforcement, rescue and rehabilitation.
We end the day with dinner at a new wetlands conservation site in Bantey Srey, where we are likely to see tons of waterbirds, and will also have the opportunity to learn from local conservation experts about the new efforts being carried out to protect this unique landscape.
SUPPORTING BETREED ADVENTURES
This multi-day adventure gives us the chance to learn some real-world field skills and put them into practice. After an introduction session on two critical field monitoring techniques, camera-trapping and GPS use, we head up to BeTreed, an eco-tourism and conservation site in southern Preah Vihear province. We will spend 2 nights here, hiking the forest trails with local and international conservationists, setting up camera traps and tracking data way points and tracks with our mapping and GPS skills.
PREK TOAL WATERBIRD SANCTUARY
SUPPORTING WCS & MINISTRY OF ENVIRONMENT
Located just south of Siem Reap is Tonle Sap, the largest freshwater lake in all of Southeast Asia. This lake is the beating heart of Cambodia, rising and falling with the rains, and spreading vital sediment to the surrounding agricultural lands.
At the northwest corner of Tone Sap is Prek Toal. This Important Bird Area (IBA) is home to endangered species such as the Greater Adjutant Stork. We will head out early with local bird experts to experience the sunrise over the lake and explore waterbird life just beyond a floating village. We will learn from resident bird experts, Ministry of Environment rangers and conservation staff from WCS about the work that they do on the lake to protect not only waterbirds but all the aquatic species, and the surrounding flooded forests that are so vital for the health of the ecosystem. We will also get hands on with some patrol data collection, species surveys and more to contribute in a small way to the management of the site.
PHNOM KULEN NATIONAL PARK
SUPPORTING MINISTRY OF ENVIRONMENT & POPEL COMMUNITY FOREST
This full day expedition includes a 10km hike through some of the most beautiful tropical rainforest left on Phnom Kulen National Park. We will also get the chance to visit a brand new Orchid Conservation and Research Center, setup by the Cambodian Ministry of Environment. Then we head up to the plateau and after stopping for a few epic views, being our hike through the jungle.
From bat caves to pristine jungle rivers, we will work alongside local community forest guides and Ministry of Environment rangers to learn about patrol techniques, species surveys and the conservation practices ongoing on Phnom Kulen National Park. The day’s challenges will revolve around animal classifications, adaptations and anatomy, as well as some basic introductions to GPS, mapping and orienteering with map and compass. We will end with a river swim and dinner alongside the forest rangers before heading back to town.
SUPPORTING BIRDLIFE INTERNATIONAL
Cambodia is home to 3 native species of vulture. All are critically endangered. This is mostly due to the use of a veterinary drug for livestock called Diclofenac. When vultures feed on the carcass of domestic cattle treated with diclofenac, they are fatally poisoned. This drug was banned in the 1980s after a catastrophic vulture population decline all across Southern and Southeast Asia. Today, 99.9% of vulture populations in the region are extinct. Cambodia is one of the last refuges for these vital birds.
Our multi-day Discovery Expedition patterns with and supports the conservation efforts of BirdLife International. Due to the population decline, as well as new pressures from habitat loss, poison hunting and the loss of their natural prey, BirdLife has setup Vulture Restaurants where these birds now come to feed in safety. After traveling to Steugn Treg, we will link up with BirdLife for a unique opportunity to participate in a vulture restaurant. We will also get the chance to work alongside them for the rest of the day and learn about their work in conservation and education in the region.
SARUS CRANE SITE
SUPPORTING BIRDLIFE INTERNATIONAL AND THE MINISTRY OF ENVIRONMENT
Traveling a few hours south from Phnom Penh, we will link up with local rangers and BirdLife International researchers for an overnight trip to find the Sarus Crane in their natural habitat. This trip will focus on survey methods and wildlife photography. A great way to engage people in conservation is through photo and video, and this trip will conclude with a short education program at the local school next to the Sarus Crane site to see the work BirdLife is doing to train and inspire a new generation of conservationists in the region.