ANG TRAPEANG THMOR

The Ang Trapeang Thmor Crane Sanctuary is a protected area of Cambodia on the site of a large Khmer Rouge irirgation project built during the 1970s.The sanctuary was gazetted on 1 january 1999 and covors an area of 10,2 hectares.[2]The reserve was set a side to protect the rare Eastern Sarus Crane(grus antigone sharpil)Prior to the discovery of the crane at Trapeang Thmor,there were thought to be fewer than 1,000 of the birds left alive in the world.

The Crane sanctuary is located north western Cambodia not far from the border with Thailand.The entire 10.000 hectares of the protected area is contained within Phnom Srok district of Banteay MeanChey Province.Phnom Srok shares a border with Siem Reap and Oddar MeanChey Province.Reading from the north clockwise,Phnom Srok border with Banteay Ampil and Chong Kal districts of Oddar MeanChey province to the north.The easter border of district is shared with Srei Snam and Kralanh district of Siem Reap Province.To the south the district shared a border with Preah Net Preah district of Banteay MeanChey.The western border of the district joins with Svay Chek and Thmor Pouk district also of Banteay MeanChey[4].The sanctuary can be accessed of the district from Sisophon(70Km) or Siem Reap City)(90Km) via National Highway 6 initailly then via smaller unsealed district roads to Ang Trapeang Thmor.

Ang Trapeang Thmor Sanctuary is also an important conservation area for a number of other threatened species.One globally threatened primate species,the Long Tailed Macaque (Malayemys subjriguga)is found within sanctuary.One globble threatended ungulate species, Box Turtle(Cuora amboinensesand the Elongated toroise (indtestudo elongata)are also found within Ang Trapeang Thmar.

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