Even if we didn't found my desired photo motif, the natural rivers in Cambodia are rich in biodiversity. If you slowly drive down the rivers, there is a high chance to see a lot of wildlife. The picture shows a king cobra. This one was in total about 1,5-2m long. When they are full grown they could reach a length up to 3-4m. Their bites are within 20 minutes (but up to 12h) deadly, when there is no anit-venom available. But you do not have to be afraid of this beautiful big snakes, they are pretty shy, they will flee when they feel you coming. So I was very lucky to spot this one crossing the river.
The river is just a great spot, if the ecosystem around it is intact. Illegal logging, landgrap, one-crop agriculutre and poaching are the big threats which lead to the destruction of this unique habitat. The problem is not so easy to solve. Missing job opportunities and high demands for illegal natural ressources, do not give the locals high capabilities to gain their income. Just to engage rangers for protecting the areas is not engouh. The areas should be developed that the people could do suistainable jobs. One area is for sure eco-tourism, but probably there are some other great potentials in Cambodia... #cambodia #visitcambodia #travel #king #river #wildlife #wildlifephotography #nikon #snake #cobra #ecotourism #sustainabletourism #mystaykeepstheforeststanding #cardamomtentedcamp #photography #naturelover #natgeo #natgeowild #fear #servustv #terramater #planetearth