The Huai Kha Khaeng Wildlife Sanctuary is located in Uthai Thani and Tak Provinces, Thailand. The sanctuary was established in 1974, and is one of the largest and most important protected wildlife areas in Southeast Asia. The wildlife sanctuary was declared a World Heritage Site by the United Nations in 1991. The protected area is home to a diverse range of animals including large mammals, birds, and reptiles. It is Thailand's premier Wildlife research sanctuary.
We are a group of students from an international school in Chiang Mai. We are participating in the International Silver Award for the Duke of Edinburgh programme, which requires us to undertake an ‘adventurous journey’ exploration.
We have recently completed a practice exploration at Phu Khieo, and learned a number of interesting animal tracking skills. We found this experience fascinating, and were looking for an opportunity to put these skills into practice for our main journey.
We are interested in going to Huai Kha Khaeng wildlife sanctuary for this journey, but were unsure how to go about this. We were wondering whether it would be possible to use some sand and camera trapping techniques, as well as using the hides at the sanctuary - does anyone know if this is possible, and if so, how can we go about it?
Who would we need to contact?
How difficult would it be to go about this?
Thanks a lot for any help anyone may be able to provide.
This is something I personally don't have experience with - so that is my disclaimer first ;+)
Any organized activity in a National Park requires pre-approval/endorsement of either a) The Park Chief/Superintendent or b) the District Office (DNP) or c) DNP Head Office. As HKK is a Sanctuary I am not 100% sure who the approvers would be but presume it would be the same.
I would recommend contacting the DNP district office closest to your school for official advice, there must be one in Chiang Mai. Just get someone who can read Thai to check the DNP website for the address.
To stay overnight, contact the Wildlife Sanctuary Management Subdivision by writing or in person at least 20 days in advance at/to the Director of the Wildlife Conservation Office, Department of National Park, Wildlife and Flora, Bangkhen, Bangkok. For further information, please contact Tel. 0 2561 4292-3 ext. 765 or Huai Kha Khaeng Wildlife Sanctuary, P.O. Box 7, Amphoe Lan Sak, Uthai Thani 61160 or Tel. 0 5651 9654.