Meet the Team

Tour guides that are passionate and dedicated conservationists 

Since SVC started running tours in 2006 we have trained up a team of world class Cambodian specialist birding and wildlife guides

Since SVC started running tours in 2006 we have trained up a team of world class Cambodian specialist birding and wildlife guides. SVC guides are passionate and dedicated conservationists as well as guides, inspiring a new generation of Cambodian’s to nurture their environment and love their natural heritage. They take part in field studies, species surveys, work with other global conservation organisations assisting and supporting with their expert knowledge.

Mardy Sean

Tour Leader

Years working for SVC: 13 years

Favourite Bird in Cambodia: Giant Ibis. It is always an incredible experience to see how majestic this bird is up close.

Greatest Achievements: Consulted on BBC’s ‘Wonder of Monsoon’. Accepting the World Responsible Tourism Award 2016 on behalf of SVC in London. Being the father of two beautiful children.

Personal highlight of SVC Tours: Seeing the Giant Ibis, the number 1 most endangered bird in the world, in Tmat Boey. Sharing stories with clients and delivering the best ‘one-liner’ jokes in Cambodia!
 

Mony Sang

Tour Leader

Years working for SVC: 13 years

Favourite Bird in Cambodia: Partridges (Chestnut-headed, Orange-necked and Scaly-breasted Partridge), Silver Pheasant, all Cambodian Pittas species (Bar-bellied, Hooded, Blue-winged, Blue-rumped and Blue Pitta) as they are very nervous birds species and very difficult to see.

Greatest Achievements: Continuing the study of Butterfly, Plants & Trees, Insect, Reptile and some other interesting creature in Cambodia over the last few years ago. Cambodia’s wildlife continues to amaze me, even after 13 years!

Personal highlight of SVC Tours: I am very pleased to find some Critically Endangered and some of nervous or shy birds species for my clients during each trip. The most challenging birds species to find is in dense forest. Identifying rare birds species is another challenging during my trip but I have been working pretty hard to find species like Milky Stork, Greater Adjutant, Giant Ibis, Bar-bellied Pitta- especially in the wet season. Making a tour group happy by finding these rare species is the greatest thrill in my professional life. 

Ladong Nan

Bird Guide

Years working for SVC: 7 years

Favourite Bird in Cambodia: Giant Ibis and White-shouldered Ibis. It’s the national bird of Cambodia and Critically Endangered. I’m very lucky to get to see this species regularly.

Greatest Achievements: Representing SVC in the Asian Birdfairs in Thailand in 2015 and Malaysia 2016. I got to meet a vast array of birders and also tell them everything Cambodia had to offer- fantastic experience! In the off season, I have been able to help educate children all over Cambodia and bring awareness to conservation effort and wildlife in Cambodia.

Personal highlight of SVC Tours: Tmat Boey is my favourite location. We get to see over 300 species in 3 days including my favourite species; Giant Ibis and White-shouldered Ibis. The Ecolodge is very comfortable and the Tmat boey Ecotourism committee and local guides there always take care of us.
 

Chim Minear

Bird Guide

Years working for SVC: 3 years

Favourite Bird in Cambodia: Sport-Billed Pelican. It looks great when performs in swimming and playing in the water, it’s flight is so amazing as well.

Greatest Achievements: I have a good experience with working through birdwatching, bird survey and wildlife conservation as I am now more than happy to see and enjoy the bird species after I’ve learned about bird.

Personal highlight of SVC Tours: I’m so excited to see the Sarus Crane, the tallest and rare birds, which is globally threatened in classify species of the world. There for ATT is one of my favourite locations to go birding. 

Hat Huon

Bird Guide

Years working for SVC: 3 years

Favourite Bird in Cambodia: Cambodian Tailorbird is a species of bird endemic to Cambodia, likely confined to a single dense shrub habitat in the floodplain of the Mekong river. It was first discovered and recorded by scientists in 2009. This endemic bird makes me proud to be a Cambodian birder and gives me a strong desire to learn more.

Greatest Achievements: Gaining the skills and confidence to meet people from around the world that are passionate to see Cambodia’s nature and wildlife. Being able to represent SVC at the Asian Birdfair 2019 is also a great honor. Being a SVC guide also has allowed me to support my family, especially with my eldest son of 6 years who is about the enter school for the first time. My two kids are my greatest achievement.

Personal highlight of SVC Tours: Visiting the Vulture Restaurant in Preah Vihear always makes me so excited and is my personal highlight. Getting to show people from all around the world this location and the three Critically Endangered vulture species (Red-headed, White-rumped and Slender-billed vultures) always brings me a lot of joy. 

Oeung Hang

Bird Guide

Years working for SVC: 2 years

Favourite Bird in Cambodia: Milky Stork. Classified as Endangered on the IUCN Red List, this is one of the rarest birds to view in Prek Toul so it is always a treat when we get to see it.

Greatest Achievements: Recently, I was part of a team for WCS to survey the Bengal Florican in Kampong Thom Province. Being able to take tourists to view these birds as well as contributing directly to conservation efforts for WCS is a fantastic opportunity and one that I am very proud of. The day I was employed by SVC was one of the greatest achievements of my life and now provides an income for me to raise my two children.

Personal highlight of SVC Tours: Koh Ker is one of my favourite places to go in order to see another side of ancient Angkor history as well as see an incredibly diverse range of birdlife including White-rumped Pigmy Falcon, Collared Falconet and Black-headed Woodpecker.

Reth Sarom

Bird Guide

Years working for SVC: 3 years

Favourite Bird in Cambodia: White-rumped Falcon. Just a spectacular bird that is rarely seen in South East Asia.

Greatest Achievements: My personal development as a bird guide. It’s so exciting to me because now I can identify birds before I know nothing about the bird 3 years ago.

Personal highlight of SVC Tours: To see the Sarus Crane (Antigone antigone) is amazing because it is classified as globally threatened and the tallest flying bird in the world. The Sarus Crane also has a deep connection with the historical Angkor period as there is clear evidence of daily interaction with human being carved on the south gate of Bayon Temple. It is because of this connection with historical Angkor culture that SVC chose the Sarus Crane as our logo.

Somrich Sophear

Bird Guide

Years working for SVC: 3 years

Favourite Bird in Cambodia: Sarus Crane. Classified as Vulnerable on the ICUN Red List, Sarus Crane is one of the tallest bird species and are fascinating to see in the field. We often see a dramatic display when they are feeding.

Greatest Achievements: I have now gained a complete competency and confidence to lead bird tours to a point where my job is my passion. Graduating high school and completing my university course in Information Technology are some of my greatest personal achievements.

Personal highlight of SVC Tours: The Jahoo Gibbon Camp is one of my favourite places to view wildlife in Cambodia. The diversity of birdlife and wildlife as well as the conservation projects in Mondulkiri are inspiring for all that are interested in preserving nature in Cambodia.

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