Army survey team to inspect disputed land in Khao Yai National Park

Mapping officers from the Survey Department and officials from the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation will visit Khao Yai National Park on Sunday, to conduct field mapping…

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Free entry to national parks and wildlife sanctuaries on Dec 31 and Jan 1

The Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation will open all its national parks, wildlife sanctuaries, no-hunting areas and forest parks to the public free of charge this Sunday…

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Thailand bans import of iguanas, effective from November 17

The importation of all species of iguana into Thailand has been banned, effective last Friday, after many green iguanas have been sighted roaming free in the wild, especially in Phatthana…

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Nationwide search for iguanas in the wild

Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation has sent a circular to every province asking officials to look for iguanas in public parks or the wild and to report…

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Forest fire prevention operations to kick off this Wednesday

Thailand’s Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation plans to launch a major operation on Wednesday, about a month ahead of the dry season, in ten national parks and…

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Anti-land bridge banners emerge in Phato district of Chumphon province

Banners opposing the government’s land bridge mega project have surfaced in Phato district of Chumphon province and conservation groups will hold a forum for discussion of the project at the…

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Thailand’s wild tigers have doubled in number 189 since 2014

There are now as many as 189 wild tigers in Thailand’s forests, a 100% increase since 2014, according to a census conducted using camera traps, said Atthaphon Charoenchansa, director-general of…

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Seven days until ailing Thai elephant is flown back from Sri Lanka

Training for a Thai elephant in Sri Lanka, named Sak Surin, to familiarise it with conditions in a flight cage has been proceeding satisfactory, with the animal getting along well…

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Tiger warning issued after footprints found near communities in Yala

Villagers living near the edge of Bang Lang National Park in Tarnto district of Thailand’s southern province of Yala have been advised by park officials not to venture out on…

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Cloud-seeding to be used to control fires in Thailand’s western forests

The Royal Rain-making and Agricultural Aviation Department is expected to be cloud-seeding from this Saturday until next Monday to help contain fires in Thailand’s western forests, which appear to be…

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Owners of ten controlled wildlife species must notify officials by March 16th

Individuals in Thailand who own any of 10 species of controlled wildlife or their carcasses since before last October 19th are required to notify authorities by March 16th or face…

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Thai court questions police over arrest of former national park chief

The Criminal Court for Corruption and Misconduct Cases has demanded that the Central Investigation Bureau answer four questions pertaining to the incident last December when Rutchada Suriyakul Na Ayutya, former…

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Embattled Chaiwat Limlikhitaksorn to oversee Thailand’s national parks

The Chief of the Protected Areas Regional Office 9, Chaiwat Limlikhitaksorn, has been appointed director of the Office of National Parks in the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant…

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Eight national parks and wildlife sanctuaries to be closed due to forest fires

Thailand’s Centre for Air Pollution Mitigation has asked the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation to close eight national parks and wildlife sanctuaries in 17 northern provinces, in…

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Director-General of the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation, Rutchada Suriyakul Na Ayutya, was arrested on corruption charges in December as a result of whistle-blowing

Politicians urged to commit to fighting graft

Thailand’s leading graft-fighters have appealed to politicians and political parties contesting the next general election to demonstrate a clear commitment to dealing with corruption, which they said has become more…

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Ex-national parks chief Rutchada “temporarily” dismissed from government service

Embattled former national park chief Rutchada Suriyakul Na Ayutya was “temporarily dismissed” from government service today (Friday), with immediate effect, after initial findings show there are grounds to support bribe-taking…

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Sick wild elephant being treated in Chachoengsao

Wildlife officials and veterinarians used a tranquiliser shot to sedate a sick wild elephant before they could treat the animal in a forest in the Tha Takiap district of Chachoengsao…

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Tiger seen behind Mahidol University in Thailand’s Kanchanaburi province

A tiger was sighted early yesterday morning (Friday) in the woods behind the Mahidol University campus in Sai Yok district of Kanchanaburi province. A villager from Lum Sum sub-district, Pranom…

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Thailand’s national park chief in custody on corruption charges

Director-General of the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation, Rutchada Suriyakul Na Ayutya, was arrested today (Tuesday) on corruption charges. Armed with a search warrant, officials from the…

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Animal feed shortages in breeding stations reaches critical level due to budget cuts

Substantial budget cuts, especially for animal feed, has raised serious concern that many animals in breeding stations, operated by the Wildlife Conservation Office, will be left to starve, said President…

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The Supreme Court hands suspended jail term to Krabi businessman and awards Poda Island to the National Park Dept.

After more than 30 years of legal battles, that involved three relates cases over the ownership of the scenic Poda Island off the coast of Thailand’s southern coastal province of…

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Park chief defends maintenance of road to Khao Panern Thung as necessary for safety and convenience

Despite protests by 15 green groups, the chief of the Department of Natiponal Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation has fiercely defended the planned major maintenance of a road to the…

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