Thailand: Elephant hit by car in Khao Yai, only dignity hurt

2nd January 2018;

An Elephant (Elephas maximus) was struck by a tourist’s car in Khao Yai National Park on New Year’s Eve, damaging the vehicle but leaving both human and pachyderm unhurt.

The collision occurred on Highway 3077 in Prachin Buri, the Protected Area Regional Office 1 reported on its Facebook page just after midnight on Tuesday.

Park officials had been patrolling the road and monitoring the movements of Elephants so they could advise tourists on how to observe the wildlife safely.

Park chief Khanchit Srinoppawan said a herd of five Elephants was observed at 7.50pm at the Kilometre 35 marker on Highway 3077.

A car driven by Reungwuth Buranasuk, 56, struck a bull Elephant, shattering a headlight and denting the front end, but veterinarian Pattarapol Manee-on said the animal was unhurt and returned to the forest.

Reungwuth said the Elephants appeared on the road so suddenly that he didn’t have time to brake.

Park officials had noted another herd, this one seven strong, on Highway 2090 less than an hour earlier.

Khao Yai National Park, a World Heritage site, spans Prachin Buri, Nakhon Ratchasima, Nakhon Nayok and Saraburi.

Wild Elephants are occasionally seen on the two highways cutting through the park and encounters with passing motorists become more common in high tourist season.

Park officials erect warning signs and advise visitors to remain at least 30 metres from any Elephants, to not take flash photos or honk the horn, and to flee if the Elephants show signs of stress or anger, such as extending their ears and tails.

Visitors are also warned not to speed, make loud noises or feed the animals.

Source: The Nation

Thailand: Drought puts Gaurs at risk on roads

By Prasit Tangprasert, 9th July 2015

Residents of Khao Yai National Park have been asked to help in a campaign to prevent road accidents involving Gaurs (Bos gaurus), forced out of the forest onto roads in search of water due to the drought.

Environmental advocate Chokdi Porakanon said a special operation team will be needed to keep the Gaurs out of danger.

A 20-year-old male Gaur was killed by a car late on Sunday as it crossed the road that divides the Khao Yai and Thap Lan national parks. The following day, a 30-year-old male Gaur was hit by another car and injured on the same road.

The accidents occurred on a section of Road No 304 in Prachin Buri which cuts through a forest near Dong Phayayen-Khao Yai Forest Complex in the east, which is on the UN list of World Heritage sites.

The injured Gaur was rescued by a team of veterinarians and once it had made a full recovery it was released back into the forest, said Phattharaphon Manion, a veterinarian of the National Park, Wildlife and Plant Conservation Department.

Mr Chokdi, who initiated the campaign, said residents can help by campaigning for a reduction on the speed limit on the roads in the park areas. Asking for public support on his Facebook page, he wrote: “This is better than having one agency do the job alone”.

Officials said residents have spotted more Gaurs emerging from Khao Yai National Park after the Sap Bon creek dried up because of the drought. The creek is being dredged so more water can be collected from rainfall expected in the days ahead.

The animals were spotted crossing the road to get to a water source at Thap Lan National Park on the opposite side, wildlife officials said.

Source: Bangkok Post

Thailand: Drought puts Gaurs at risk on roads