Wild animals find refuge in Thailand

Thailand makes many efforts to crack down on illegal poaching and conserve protected animals.

A camera trap set up at the Dong Yai Wildlife Sanctuary in Buri Ram has captured footage of a rare Indochinese tiger, among other wildlife.

Somsuan Raksat, head of the sanctuary, on Friday (April 15) revealed the images of the tiger photographed Wednesday by the Network Centric Anti-Poaching System (NCAPS) set up around a salt pan in Lam Nang Rong commune of Non Dindaeng district.

The camera captured the moment the tiger was likely hunting for its prey, along with other wildlife, such as deer, muntjacs, gaurs and wild elephants.

Mr Somsuan said the tiger may have passed through the Thap Lan forest to seek food in the Dong Phayayen-Khao Yai forest complex.

The find is testament to the abundance of wildlife in this area where authorities are working to crack down on illegal poaching and conserve protected animals, he said.

Dong Yai Wildlife Sanctuary is part of the Dong Phayayen-Khao Yai Forest Complex, which includes a number of protected areas, including the four national parks of Khao Yai, Thap Lan, Pang Sida and Ta Phraya.

It spans the provinces of Saraburi, Nakhon Nayok, Nakhon Ratchasima, Prachin Buri, Sa Kaeo and Buri Ram.

The forest complex plays a key role in maintaining the biodiversity of a series of ecosystems, including tropical rainforest, mixed deciduous forest, tropical grassland, limestone forest and stream forest.

Rearing Baby Leatherback Turtles

In a separate announcement, the Department of Marine and Coastal Resources (DMCR) said Thailand had successfully raised baby leatherback turtles, which are listed as critically endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.

Unlike other sea turtles, this species prefers deep ocean waters and only comes to shore to lay its eggs.

Over the past five years, they have started returning to Phangnga and Phuket beaches to lay eggs.

The DMCR cares for the baby turtles before releasing them into the sea.

The ministry did not say how many leatherback turtles were released.

Thailand has become one of five countries, along with Sri Lanka, the United States, France and Canada, to have managed to feed this species of baby turtles and keep them alive for more than a year.

The experiment took place at the Phuket Marine and Coastal Resources Research Center.

In addition, the DMCR has also supported the safe breeding of the white-spotted jellyfish and another species of jellyfish called Lobonema smithii.

Source: Bangkok Post

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