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Zoo shames, Siem Reap

Zoo shames, Siem Reap

Dear Editor,

Having recently enjoyed three weeks in Cambodia I feel

compelled to write to you to appeal to your readers.

Upon visiting Siem

Reap I was unfortunate enough to have paid a visit to the "Angkor Zoo". This

facility is a blight upon the reputation of the good people of Cambodia. Animals

in inadequate cages with little or no shelter from the sun, no access to water

and wounds that are in desperate need of attention.

I have seen many

cases of animal cruelty, I state that this is one of the worst I have seen. In

an area of such high tourist flow this "zoo" does nothing to leave the traveller

with a positive view. It is apparent that the zoo does not have a role in the

"conservation" of these unfortunate creatures, nor does it encourage or educate

the public to help endangered wildlife.

I appeal to you to do what you

can to help these creatures; Siem Reap and Cambodia does not need a blight such

as this.

- Greg Locke, Teacher, Kowanyama State School, Qld, Australia

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