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Kaeng Krachan National Park: Diverse Wildlife Along Upper Phetchaburi River Banks

In a recent exploration conducted in February, Kaeng Krachan National Park, under the collaboration with the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) Thailand, showcased a rich tapestry of wildlife nestled along the upper reaches of the Phetchaburi River. Chief of Kaeng Krachan National Park, Mr. Mongkol Chaipakdee, disclosed the findings of their comprehensive survey, employing camera traps and on-site tracking, highlighting the diverse array of fauna thriving in the vicinity.

Captured through camera traps, the images unveiled a variety of wildlife species residing and foraging along the banks of the Phetchaburi River. Among the direct sightings were the elusive Indochinese tiger, smooth-coated otter, common palm civet, Malayan tapir, reticulated python, crested serpent eagle, and both photographed and undocumented instances of the great hornbill. Additionally, the camera traps documented the presence of marsh crocodiles, wild boars, smooth-coated otters, gaurs, and Asian elephants.

The footprint tracking further revealed traces of Indochinese tigers, marsh crocodiles, Malayan tapirs, wild boars, Asian elephants, sun bears, gaurs, and sambar deer. This extensive array of wildlife indicates the ecological richness of the upper Phetchaburi River, emphasizing its role as a thriving habitat for diverse species.

Kaeng Krachan National Park spans across the districts of Nong Ya Plong, Kaeng Krachan, and Tha Yang in Phetchaburi province, as well as Hua Hin district in Prachuap Khiri Khan province. As the largest national park in Thailand, it serves as the headwater for the Phetchaburi and Pranburi rivers, boasting natural wonders such as lakes, waterfalls, caves, and picturesque cliffs. Beyond its intrinsic beauty, Kaeng Krachan National Park is part of the Kaeng Krachan Forest Complex, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, further solidifying its significance in global conservation efforts.

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