KSWS is a vital wildlife hotspot, a stronghold for 75 species listed as “Globally Threatened” by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), including sun bear and Asian elephant, traces of these animals are frequently encountered. The forest is also home to stunning endemic forest-specialist birds such as the greater hornbill and bar-bellied pitta that attract birdwatchers across the globe.
However, KSWS and its wildlife are under increasing threat from hunting, wildlife trade, and forest clearance and fragmentation driven by illegal logging and land grabbing. Community-ecotourism such as Jahoo, has proven to be a key conservation tool in mitigating these threats and protecting endangered species
Ecotourism professionalizes typically unrecognised domestic chores to improve economic access and empower women through hospitality livelihoods.
The team at Jahoo are indigenous Bunong people, a marginalised ethnic group with limited educational and livelihood opportunities. The forests are the ancestral home of the Bunong people, whose traditional livelihoods depend heavily on the sustainable use of natural resources.
With few prospects, youth often turn to illegal sources of income such as logging and hunting, fuelled by the regional demand for luxury wood and wild animals for consumption and traditional medicine.
Jahoo aims to contribute to breaking this cycle by providing alternative jobs dependent on continued conservation of endangered wildlife and forests.
Partners & Supporters
Department of Environment (DoE) the provincial representative in Mondulkiri for the Cambodian government’s Ministry of Environment provides leadership and oversees law enforcement at Keo Seima Wildlife Sanctuary.
World Hope International (WHI) Cambodia works closely with WCS and relevant government departments to align wildlife conservation and community development objectives in Keo Seima Wildlife Sanctuary.
Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) Cambodia assists the Cambodian government’s Ministry of Environment in managing the Keo Seima Wildlife Sanctuary including the monitoring of forest loss and key species populations.