Number of wild elephants in Thailand on the rise


Pratch Rujivanarom, The Nation

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The number of elephants in the wild in Thailand is increasing by up to
10 per cent, according to the National Park, Wildlife and Plant
Conservation Department (DNP).

DNP deputy director-general Adisorn Noochdumrong revealed the good
news for conservationists on Thai Elephant Day.

Adisorn said the number of wild elephant was rising at a rate between
7 to 10 per cent. Areas that had seen the most marked increase in wild
elephants were the Western forest in Thungyai Naresuan Wildlife
Sanctuary and Eastern forest in Dong Phayayen-Khao Yai forest complex.

“This is the outstanding outcome of our efforts to protect the forest
ecosystem and conserve wild elephants. We have worked at reintroducing
the wild elephants to the forest and building up food sources for the
elephants in the forest,” Adisorn said.

“We are happy with this success but will still continue our efforts to
preserve our national symbol and let the elephants live peacefully
with the people.”