Photo of the Day Hello again, elephants and otters! By TTG Asia / Posted on 7 December, 2021 14:58 Cardamom Tented Camp in Cambodia has witnessed the return of a herd of nine elephants to its conservation area, after an absence of five years, as well as a large group of smooth coated otters. Evidence of the elephants’ return have been captured inside the 18,000-hectare forest concession, which the camp protects, with help from Wildlife Alliance and the Golden Triangle Asian Elephant Foundation (GTAEF). While it is uncertain if the elephants are on a long migration or looking for a new home, GTAEF’s John Roberts said the herd is very much welcomed in the forests and grasslands, where there is “zero harassment”. The group of 15 to 18 otters were spotted by lodge manager Allan Michaud, and they have made Cardamom Tented Camp the centre of their territory. Guests often see otters, macaque monkeys, kingfishers and hornbills from their boat when they travel to the camp, which is only accessible by river. The camp has created a new 4km trail, a continuation of an existing one, which now allows adventurous guests to take an 8km guided walk through the forest and return via kayak, with rest options at the main ranger station in each direction. Part of the income collected by Cardamom Tented Camp is used to fund 12 forest rangers who protect the area from loggers, poachers and river sandbank dredgers.