Boeng Toal Vulture Restaurant

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BOENG TOAL VULTURE RESTAURANT

Vulture Restaurant for 3 Critically Endangered Vultures - white rumped vulture, slendered billed vulture, red headed vulture
Vulture Restaurant for 3 Critically Endangered Vultures

Boeng Toal Vulture Restaurant is located in remote forest, within the Chhep Wildlife Sanctuary, 15kms from the nearby village Dangphlet, in Preah Vihear Province. The Vulture Restaurant is a feeding program set up by the Cambodian government and conservation NGOs, to help sustain 3 critically endangered species of vultures – Red-headed Vulture, White-rumped Vulture and Slender-billed Vulture.

There has been a drastic decline in vulture numbers, mainly due to Diclofenac poisoning. While in Cambodia, these populations are also threatened by a lack of food. Joining this tour offsets the cost of running the ‘vulture restaurant’ and includes the local community in the efforts to save these impressive birds.

Bird species at Boeng Toal Vulture Restaurant:

Target bird species at Boeng Toal are: Slender-billed Vulture, White-rumped Vulture, Red-headed Vulture, Himalayan Griffon, Oriental Scops-owl, Indian Nightjar, Blyth’s Frogmouth, Indian Spotted Eagle, White-bellied Woodpecker, Great Slaty Woodpecker. Up to 70 vultures may be present, often competing for the carcass with the Golden Jackal. See bird checklist for Boeng Toal Vulture Restaurant here

 

Typical Itinerary for Tour to Boeng Toal Vulture Restaurant:

Trip to Boeng Toal Vulture Restaurant can be done as an add-on to Tmatboey and Okoki, or straight from Siem Reap with the morning birding at either Florican Grassland or Koh Ker Beng Mealea.  An incredible wild experience seeing 3 species of vultures come to feed on the carcass. Staying in safari-style tents, set up by local community of Dangphlet before the group arrive.

Following is the sample itinerary for the two-day one-night trip from Siem Reap with en route birding at Florican Grassland:

 

Day 1: AM birding at Florican Grassland; PM birding at Boeng Toal

We will start our trip to Florican Grassland at 5.30am pick up time, your guide will first head out to see the Bengal Florican (less than 2 hour drive from Siem Reap) and spend a few hours there. We then drive 3 hours to our iconic Vulture Restaurant, arriving at Boeng Toal around 3pm for a short trek and enjoy birding around the forest. For many this is a highlight and the chance to see 3 critically endangered vulture species, Jackals, Dhole and more. The night is spent in safari style tents.

 

Day 2: AM Boeng Toal Vulture Restaurant; PM transfer back to Siem Reap

Before dawn, we will make our way to a hide positioned close to the vulture restaurant. The scene is set, with the possibility of up to 70 vultures present. These birds often compete for the carcass of a cow with the Golden Jackal. After the vultures have finished feeding and lunch, we begin the four-hour return trip to Siem Reap. On the way back the guests can have a chance to visit Beng Mealea temple a spectacular jungle-temple ruin set in semi-evergreen forest providing a different assortment of birds. There is a chance of finding some scarce winter migrants from the Himalayas here, such as the difficult to see White-throated Rock-thrush. We will arrive at Siem Reap hotel around 5pm.


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