Conservation and Regeneration
Here at the Shinta Mani Foundation, we are passionately dedicated to making a difference in the world. We do so by focusing on the preservation and conservation of the Cardamom mountains in Cambodia, an area rich in biodiversity. Home to 54 of the planet's most endangered species, as listed on the IUCN Red List, this majestic evergreen forest has been under threat from deforestation and the loss of wildlife. We have made it our mission to conserve this natural treasure.
Our journey began in 2010 when our partners, Sokoun Chanpreda and Bill Bensley, acquired an untouched 865-acre river valley on the southern border of the Cardamom National Forest. We had no intention of exploiting this land, but rather wanted to protect it. Over time, we began to realise the severity of the threats posed by logging, leading us to take concrete action.
As part of our conservation efforts, we partnered with Wildlife Alliance, a leading organisation in forest preservation. Together, we have set up a low impact camp with a high yield - an initiative that not only offers an unforgettable experience for our guests but also actively contributes to the sustainability and protection of the forest. This innovative approach breaks away from traditional tourism models and positions us at the forefront of sustainable travel.
Our operations at Shinta Mani Wild are conducted with a community-centric approach. We employ around 120 individuals, with 70% being from the local village. Some of these individuals were previously involved in poaching and illegal logging but now contribute positively to our conservation efforts.
We uphold stringent sustainability standards, which includes a complete ban on single-use plastics, even in our supply chain. We take it a step further by bottling our own water and using recycled containers.
We have also established a dedicated Wildlife Alliance ranger station within our camp. Here, guests can participate alongside rangers in their vital conservation work, including dealing with snares, rescuing captured wildlife, arresting poachers and loggers, and seizing illegal equipment.
At the Shinta Mani Foundation and Shinta Mani Wild, we embody our name – we are wild by nature and fervently committed to the preservation of the wilderness for generations yet to come. We invite you to join us in our mission to conserve and celebrate the stunning beauty and diversity of the Cardamom mountains.