Are you traveling to Cambodia soon, or have you already arrived? Are you curious about which animals you can find in Cambodia or how to call other animals in Cambodia? If so, we have the answers to all your questions!
Here, you can learn about the official language of Cambodia as well as how to call certain animals names in Khmer. We’ll also be talking more generally about Cambodia and the animals you can expect to see if you visit the country and search its tropical forests!
What Is The National Animal Of Cambodia?
Just like how the bald eagle is the national animal of the US, and the kangaroo is the national animal of Australia, Cambodia also has a national animal.
In Cambodia, the national animal is the Kouprey (គោព្រៃ). The kouprey is a species of wild cattle native to Southeast Asia and has a tall, narrow body, long legs, a humped back, and long horns. However, a single kouprey has not been sighted since the 70s, so many scientists speculate that it may have already faced extinction.
Which Animals Should You Make Sure To See In Cambodia?
Here are five must-see animals for your next trip to Cambodia!
The Irrawaddy Dolphin is a species of oceanic dolphin commonly found near sea coasts or rivers in Southeast Asia. They have a somewhat flat, rounded face and a body shape similar to a whale. Their average lifespan is between 30 to 50 years!
The Giant Ibis is Cambodia’s national bird and is the largest species of Ibis in the world. They are typically brown, have long skinny beaks, and slender bodies. Their average lifespan is between 16 to 27 years!
The yellow-cheeked gibbon is a species of gibbon native to Cambodia, Vietnam, and Laos. As you can assume from their name, these gibbons are typically all black, except for the little patches of golden yellow on their cheeks. Their average lifespan is around 46 years!
Among the world’s eight living bear species, the sun bear is both the smallest and rarest. If you’ve ever seen one, you already know that the sun bear has rather interesting features. Some characteristics of the sun bear include long skinny tongues, elongated snout, black fur, brown face, and what looks like a gold necklace painted on their chest, sun bears definitely stand out. Their average wildlife lifespan is around 25 years, while their captivity lifespan can exceed 30 years.
Asian Giant Softshell Turtle
The Asian giant softshell turtle looks rather flat in comparison to other turtles. This is because, as you might’ve been able to deduce from their name, they have a flattened shell. These turtles tend to be greyish-green in color with small heads. Their average lifespan is between 30 to 50 years!
If you’re looking for a sign to visit Cambodia, then you definitely found it! Instead of reading about these animals, why not travel to go visit them yourself?!
Are Any Animals In Cambodia Considered Endangered?
If you count the kouprey, there is quite a long list of animals on the brink of going extinct in Cambodia. Some of these animals and their current population numbers are as follows:
- Asian Elephant: 40,000 – 50,000
- Asiatic Black Bear: 50,000
- Clouded Leopard: 10,000
- Eld’s Deer: 1,5oo
- Pygmy Slow Loris: 500
- Sun Bear: 2,500
- Tiger: 5,000
- Wild Water Buffalo: 4,000
- Yellow-cheeked Gibbon: 1,400
If you want to find out more about how to protect these animals, feel free to do additional research.
List Of Animals Names In Khmer
Now that you’ve learned more about animals in Cambodia, let’s go over the list we’ve made of different animal names in Khmer and their meaning!
|Deer||satv kta n||សត្វក្តាន់|
|Giraffe||satv hsaei rea h||សត្វហ្សីរ៉ាហ្វ|
|Gorilla||hkao ri la||ហ្គោរីឡា|
|Hippopotamus||hi b bau bau ta m ous||ហ៊ីបប៉ូប៉ូតាមូស|
|Kangaroo||satv kng hkau rou||សត្វកង់ហ្គូរូ|
|Panda||khlakkhmoum phe n da||ខ្លាឃ្មុំផេនដា|
|Penguin||phe n khvi n||ភេនឃ្វីន|
|Rat||k nto r||កណ្តុរ|
|Turtle||a ntae k||អណ្តើក|
|Octopus||r tei yeay heu||រតីយាវហឺ|
|Otter||satv au k||សត្វអូក|
|Penguin||phe n khvi n||ភេនឃ្វីន|
|Sea lion||tao samout||តោសមុទ្រ|
There you have it, the names of 50 animals in the Khmer language!
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