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