× Over 400 species of birds are known to occur within the Park’s boundaries, and 57 mammals. Larger mammals include elephant, gaur, sambar deer, banteng, serow, and bear, indo-chinese tiger, leopard, both common and Fea’s muntjac. Malayan tapir, white-handed gibbon, dusky and banded langurs, Asian wild dog, otter, and wild boar.

A Kaeng Krachan leopard

12 Mar 2015 03:09 - 12 Mar 2015 03:11 #2745 by onflipflops
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Got a very cool experience last week in Kaeng Krachan.
We were with 4 people and heading down from Panoen Thung to Ban Krang. It was Saturday but we were the last ones to go down and it was rather quiet.
While slowly moving down the mountain we heard Dusky Langurs alarm-calling. We assumed it was just because of us. We parked and watched a mother with an orange baby.
At some point I walked around the car, and suddenly see this leopard is starring at me just 30 - 40 metres away.
It took a second before my brain actually processed the 'image'. And a big adrenaline rush followed.
I notified the others that were still looking at the langurs, and had no idea they were being watched by a leopard.
The Leopard turned away, but just slowly walked off along the road. It did not really seemed to be bothered by the four of us standing in the middle of the road watching it.




After a while it stopped and looked into the forest, probably focussing on the langurs. It sat down for a while, and afterwards decided that it had no chance now the langurs had already noticed it.



So the leopard continued its stroll along the road untill it walked around the corner to disappear from our view.
From the image data I know it lasted about 3 minutes. I never had such a long encounter with a wild cat in Thailand before.And it seemed so fearless.
The light levels were very low which made photography very difficult, but well, can't complain.
The whole experience was truly amazing!
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12 Mar 2015 06:36 #2746 by Paul TW
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How absolutely fantastic and great shots as well. Keang Krachan is so special.
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16 Mar 2015 13:20 #2757 by Marcus
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wow!
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