11 July 2024

The Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation has released rare images showing a family of two tiger cubs, their parents and two other tigers feeding on their prey.

The rare footage, which lasts just 25 seconds, was taken by camera traps installed by officials of the Dong Phayayen-Khao Yai wildlife research centre, in cooperation with the Panthera organisation, at an undisclosed location in the Dong Phayayen-Khao Yai forest complex in Thailand’s north-eastern region.

The department identified the parent tigers as TLT105F and TLF106F.

It also said that, this year, officials managed to capture images of 15 tigers, including three mothers, in the forest complex, which covers the Tap Lan, Pang Sida, Khao Yai and Ta Phraya national parks and the Dong Yai wildlife sanctuary.

The forest complex is a UNESCO World Heritage site and covers a combined area of 6,155 square kilometres. It is home to more than 800 species of fauna, including 112 species of mammal, 392 species of bird and 200 species of reptiles and amphibians. Of these, 19 are vulnerable, 4 are endangered and 1 is critically endangered.

The area contains substantial and important tropical forest ecosystems, which provide a viable habitat for the long-term survival of these species.

The department, in coordination with a network of conservation groups, has planned an event, called “Global Tiger Day 2022 -Tiger Next Gen” at the wildlife management development centre in Suphan Buri on July 29th, which marks the Global Tiger Day.

There are as many as 250 wild tigers in Thailand.