Tonle Sap

by Colin M. Poole & Eleanor Briggs

Language : English

#30 at Angkor Database Library. - 172 pages - Hardback Riverbooks

ISBN: 9749863151

It all started on the banks and the crystal-clear waters of the Tonle Sap Lake, heart and pulmon of Khmer and Cambodian societies through the ages. A trip to this unique ecosystem and its floating fishermen villages is essential to a better understanding of how the Angkorian demographic and social structures could develop.

The authors are both specialists in wildlife observation and conservation, especially birds, and the Tonle Sap area is definitely an ornithologist´s paradise. On the other hand, traditions, legends and  daily life of the human communities around the vast lake allow us precious glimpses on what could have been the mores and activities of Angkorian civilizations.

About the Authors

Colin M. Poole

Colin Poole, Asia Director of the Wildlife Conservation Society based in New York, is the managing director  of the WCS Asia Regional Conservation Hub in Singapore, providing technical and programmatic supervision of WCS programs in China, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Singapore and Vietnam.

Eleanor Briggs

Eleanor Briggs, an award-winning photographer, has worked mostly in Southeast Asia and India since 1989, photographing people, nature and most specifically birds. In Cambodia, she managed to photograph a family of Giant Ibis birds, species thought to be extinct.

In 2008, she was awareded the Sahametrei Medal from the Cambodian government for her contribution to wildlife conservation.