December 20, 2011
The Endangered peafowl on camera trap. Photo by: DNP-Government of Thailand/WCS Thailand Program.
"The video represents a huge payoff for the government of Thailand, which has invested considerable resources in protecting wildlife and preventing illegal hunters from plundering the country’s natural heritage," said Joe Walston, director of the Wildlife Conservation Society's (WCS) Asia Program, which is heading the video camera trapping effort.
WCS says that the videos help prove that Indochinese tigers (Panthera tigris corbetti) and prey populations in the region have stabilized. Estimations of tigers in the area range from 125 to 175 individuals, while the area also sustains one of the largest Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) populations in Southeast Asia.
According to WCS, which works with the Thai government, the country has one of the best anti-poaching records in Asia.
Shown in the video:
Indochinese tigers (Panthera tigris corbetti), Endangered according to the IUCN Red List
Leopard (Panthera pardus), Near Threatened
Green peafowl (Pavo muticus), Endangered
Sun bear (Ursus malayanus), Vulnerable
Asian elephant (Elephas maximus), Endangered
Gaur (Bos gaurus), Vulnerable
Dhole (Cuon alpinus), Endangered
Clouded leopard (Neofelis nebulosa), Vulnerable
Banteng (Bos javanicus), Endangered
Wild pig (Sus scrofa), Least Concern
Common muntjac ? (Muntiacus muntjak), Least Concern
Malayan tapir (Tapirus indicus), Endangered
A Malayan tapir, listed as Endangered. Photo by: DNP-Government of Thailand/WCS Thailand Program.
A herd of Asian elephants caught on camera trap. Photo by: DNP-Government of Thailand/WCS Thailand Program.
A tigress drinks with her cubs from a watering hole inside Thailand’s Western Forest Complex.. Photo by: Photo by: DNP-Government of Thailand/WCS Thailand Program.
An anti-poaching team on patrol. Photo by: DNP-Government of Thailand/WCS Thailand Program.
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