“in the end, we will conserve only what we love, we love only what we understand, and we will understand only what we are taught” – Baba Dioum, 1968.
Who we are
We are a family operation. I am married to a beautiful Cambodian lady (Theary), and she and other members of the family help to ensure our tours run smoothly, and you and I can concentrate on the nature around us.
I am Gerard Chartier (a.k.a. Gee) and I am a very keen (some might say, “obsessed”) amateur naturalist. I am an Englishman, who has been living in Cambodia since 2009. I have always had an interest in nature but it did not really develop until I came to Cambodia and was so immersed in nature at Rainbow Lodge (an eco-lodge in Tatai Commune, Koh Kong Province), where I lived for eight years. I was first attracted by the beautiful butterflies here and started photographing them. My curiosity was piqued and I wanted to find out what species they all are. That was the start of my efforts to learn about and document as much of the nature around here as I can. I have been doing so ever since. There is still so much to be done!
I have done some work with international scientists, including co-authoring papers and providing specimens of insects and arachnids (spiders, scorpions, etc.) for scientific study. This has led to the discovery of several new species that I know of to date, but all are yet to be published, so I cannot say more about them at the moment.
Where we are
We have a plot of land within the boundaries of Peam Krasop Wildlife Sanctuary, less than 10 km from the bridge in Tatai, Koh Kong Province. Our land is surrounded by a wide variety of habitats in easy walking, kayaking or boating distance, including:
- the river itself
- freshwater marsh
- salt marsh
- open meadows (both dry and flooded)
- Dipterocarp forest
- mangrove forest
- flooded forests of Meleleuca cajuputi
- mangrove swamps
- the main coastal mangrove forest.