× The park is the third largest in Thailand. It covers an area of 300 square kilometers, including tropical seasonal forests and grasslands. Its altitude mostly ranges from 400–1,000 m above sea level. There are 3,000 species of plants, 320 species of birds, and 67 species of mammals, recording in this, Thailand's most famous National Park.

Playing Asian Black Bear cubs

09 Jul 2015 21:56 - 11 Jul 2015 00:40 #2980 by onflipflops
onflipflops created the topic: Playing Asian Black Bear cubs
Had a fantastic afternoon in Khao Yai, two days ago.
While walking in an open area, i noticed some branches swinging up and down.
Leaves were obstructing the view, and at that point it was just guessing what it could be. I started to believe it could be a bear, in the past I had seen a Malayan Sun Bear less than 100m from that spot.

Suddenly the movement stopped. We waited, and nothing happened. So we slowly moved closer, and closer, just to find out, the animal had disappeared.
We walked on a bit, scanning the area hoping to see some movement.
And suddenly I heard something broke a twig. We moved a bit closer, and when we looked around a bush, we got a clear view of two Asian Black Bear cubs, not too young, up in a tree.
The animals did not seem to have noticed us, or just did not care we were watching.
They were playing together, and climbing up and down the tree. We watched them for a couple minutes before they moved down and disappeared.
A fantastic encounter!


The bears playing around.


The bears climbing up and down the tree


And the last view before they disappeared.

For those who like to read up how to identify the two bear species occuring in Thailand in the field, take a look at my following blog post.
What's the difference between Sun Bear & Asian Black Bear?
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10 Jul 2015 05:59 - 10 Jul 2015 08:05 #2981 by Paul TW
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How cool!! Great photos - I love the face of the one in the first photo as he is stretching out, there's almost a sense of trepidation in his face.

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