2-Day Gibbon Spotting Trek | Ratanakiri Tours | Cambodian Pride Tours
This Cambodia adventure is simply an amazing experience for all wildlife lovers. You will get to see the incredibly rare Northern Yellow-Cheeked Gibbons in their natural habitat in the Ratanakiri province of Northeast Cambodia. In partnership with ‘Conservation International’ and the local communities have put together an exclusive one-night gibbon spotting trek, the first of its kind in Cambodia. It is a unique experience for enthusiastic wildlife spotters and those who are interested in biology and nature conservation. There are not many visitors to visit the site yet, making this an extremely special opportunity indeed.
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Sangkat Krokor, Kratie Town, Kratie Province, 10109
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This camp is staffed with park rangers and armed military who all serve to protect this area of the jungle. I will sleep in a hammock outside with a built in mosquito net. This is a high risk area for Malaria so I’m taking all necessary precautions including bug spray and anti-malaria pills. It had been a long day filled with bump dusty roads that were so dry in places they had transformed into sandpits. Getting off the bike and walking was necessary. Time to get ready for bed and an early rise.
Oh wait, a minute, I forgot a nightcap before bed. Mr. Koko, my guide brought along some of his famous home-made rice wine he insisted I try.
We walked for about an hour into the forest and jungle before we finally found a place to wait for the singing calls of the gibbon.
All gibbon species produce loud singing calls that can last as long as 30 minutes. The male instigates the singing usually in the early morning from the high tree branches of the forest or jungle. Singing is used as a way to bond as a family unit, for mate pair bonding, defense and other purposes.
Hearing the first calls and making our way through the jungle was a totally exhilarating experience. The ranger and guides that were with us had no problem finding the family we were trying to spot that morning. We could also hear other gibbons in the distance. The jungle felt like a huge opera house full of gibbons.
We finally found ourselves directly under the trees where the family unit was located. As they had just started their singing they were high up in the trees and extremely hard to view at this point.
We were accompanied by Navon Hon a master of science in ecology and biodiversity who was born in Banlung, Cambodia. He was with us to continue his studies of the northern yellow-cheeked gibbon and shared with us the species main food source here.
After their morning singing calls the gibbons started their sourcing of food climbing down from the higher branches. This was the first male we were able to spot.
It was the beginning of an absolutely amazing spectacle of their agility- swinging from branch to branch at breathtaking speeds. I was in awe enjoying the moment while capturing these images.
Sometimes when a gibbon swings, it’s wrist will naturally dislocate until it’s finished it’s swing. A mechanical function of the gibbon’s anatomy. It’s wrist operates like a ball and socket joint. It’s movement through the trees is impressive and inspiring.
At birth all Northern yellow cheeked gibbon are blond in color. The male species coat will eventually turn black, with blond marks on the cheeks. Females remain blond in color. This one, though hard to see, was carrying a baby.
I asked Navon Son who is studying this species of the gibbon family why it’s so important to protect and support this habitat, how long it took to habituate the gibbon families in the area and why the Gibbon Project is a great way you can help to protect the species and sustain the surrounding local communities.
I asked Navon what happens to the money raised from the Gibbon Project?
This was one of the most exciting wildlife encounters I’ve ever experienced. Rising early, trekking into the jungle in the dark, waiting for the first morning singing calls, then running through the trees while watching the gibbon family swing at high speeds from branch to branch. To be so close to the natural habits and movements of the gibbon was absolutely thrilling and one of my most memorable experiences in Cambodia.
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Video taken during my trip to Ratanakiri from 18 to 22 February 2013
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Travelers venture into the northeastern, Ratanakiri Province (near Laos), to visit some of the eight minority hill tribes in this region to learn about their culture and some unusual traditions. We left our lodge near Banlung early morning and drove to a small village on the Se San River where guide Heng rented a long-tail boat for the one-hour plus ride upstream.
IMPORTANT: Inflatable seat cushions are invaluable in remote places on car journeys and boat rides. Especially when chugging upriver on an uncomfortable long-tail motor without seats! No cushions would mean sitting on wooden slats and even seat cushions only made it endurable.
Pnong/Phnong minority people live in Ka Choan Village, who eke out a living by farming. A relative of the chief showed us around before leading into the forest to see their unusual graves (in Part 2, later today). In case you didn't understand Heng when he told about the water: women dig holes in sand near the river and use water that fills holes for drinking; not river water.
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