Mekong Island Zoo in Cambodia

Mekong Island Zoo
Typezoo
AddressKoh Okhna Tey
PlacePhnom Penh
ProvinceKandal Province
CountryCambodia
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Three elephants are also based in a private zoo, owned by a Frenchman, on an island in the Mekong River, close to Phnom Penh. (FAO)

Some years ago, desperate for new ways to entertain foreign tourists in Phnom Penh, the Ministry granted a lease of the island to a Frenchman who organized boat journeys up the Mekong, the climax of which were lunch and a cultural show - music and classical dancing - on the island. He also established a small zoo, something which is extremely easy to do in Cambodia where wild animals are freely available (the parking lot to my hotel in Phnom Penh contained two pythons, a baby bear, a macaque and a gibbon - this last a member of an endangered species - keeping uneasy company with numerous rabbits and hamsters).

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Mekong Island Zoo, Elephant Encyclopedia, Koehl, D. (2020), (available online at https://www.elephant.se/location2.php?location_id=2097). (archived at the Wayback machine)

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