Khmer Times –
Construction of the ambitious Wildlife Park and Aquarium in Siem Reap is due to begin next month, investors announced during an event Monday.
The project – funded by a consortium of investors from Cambodia, Japan, and the United States – has been hailed as the first step in building Siem Reap into a world-class destination for tourists seeking to experience exotic wildlife.
Speaking during a pre-groundbreaking event held at the residence of the US Ambassador in Phnom Penh, investors, which include US-based Concept Management Inc (ICM), revealed that $70 million will be funneled into the project.
ICM specialises in designing and operating aquariums and marine parks worldwide, according to a press release issued during the event.
The Wildlife Park and Aquarium will occupy 100 hectares in Sout Nikom district, situated along the shore of the Tonle Sap Lake and home to one of the largest communities in the area – the Kompong Khleang commune.
Roger R. Reynolds, Angkor Wildlife and Aquarium director and ICM founder, said high-quality natural habitats for Asian terrestrial wildlife, whether rescued or captive-bred, will be created.