Dong Phayayen - Khao Yai

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And so our year long project in the Dong Phayayen - Khao Yai Forest Complex has come to an end. It was an incredible year. A year mixed with the highs of experiencing the beauty and biodiversty of the complex and the lows of witnessing

Thailand's Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation's never ending, yet brave and resolute, struggle against enchroachers and poachers. Individuals who's only wish is to steal Thailand's natural heritage from her people.

Our recent visits to the remote cameras had been reflective ones in the knowledge of the death of a young Dong Phayayen - Khao Yai Complex Ranger, Taweesak Chomyong, who was killed whilst trying to protect the forest from rosewood poachers. And our last visit was the day after another young Dong Phayayen - Khao Yai Complex Ranger, Pitak Khlonglom, was also shot by rosewood poachers but thankfully, survived. These terrible incidents highlighted the dangers present throughout the complex to the forest herself and her rangers.

In spite of the abuse the forest and her rangers witness at the hands of these despicable poachers, the Dong Phayayen - Khao Yai Forest Complex had one last surprise in store for us. A final message for our departure maybe? A reminder from the forest to never forget her?

A camera set that had been all but dormant held a surprise visit from someone we had not seen for over six months. A rare glimpse of the true symbol of the forest's magnificence. For what the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation fights to protect for all Thai peoples. Indeed for the world. One of the 250 remaining Thai Indochinese tigers - Panthera tigris corbetti. Lord of the jungle. 



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onflipflops replied the topic: #839 20 Mar 2013 18:01
Fantastic image! Hope to encounter one in the wild one day, but need to hurry before it's too late.

May I ask if you know of any place where to buy camera traps in Thailand? Would love to do a bit of my own research...
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Paul T replied the topic: #840 21 Mar 2013 08:23
Not in Thailand BUT ebay is your best friend! You can also make them yourself - I would take a look at CameraTrap Asia and BruceKekule.com . Bruce shows how to build them on both sites and goes through the some of the complications you need to take into account. A good read.

If in an NP, of course you will need specific permission from the Park Chief or the DNP to deploy the cams.
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onflipflops replied the topic: #959 25 Apr 2013 07:20
I have read the posts of Bruce Kekule before, and even though I would love to make it myself, I'm afraid with my limited knowledge of electronics, it won't be a job for me. I did found a cam in my home country, however right now it's waiting at my families place for my next family visit (which could be next year) to pick it up and bring it to Thailand. Can't wait to place it in the jungle... In the meanwhile I did find a webpage of a guy named M. Hakimi in Bangkok dat seems to sell Bushnell trail cams. Maybe I'll try that in the future. But thanks for the tip of Ebay, though I'm a bit scared to sent any valuable things to Thailand. It happened too often that my mail from outbound did not arrive.

BTW What are the consequences if I don't have permission from the park authorities?
Is it easy to get permission? I prefer nobody knows about the location, as I do have some doubts about the integrity of some rangers. Or don't I have to tell the exact location of the cam?
Thanks for your help!

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