31 Jan '17, 5pm

via @mongabay

via @mongabay

Unfortunately, Thap Lan’s modest place in the shadow of its famous neighbor, Khao Yai, does not mean the park has escaped the legion of problems bombarding all of Southeast Asia’s protected areas. Illegal Siamese rosewood logging , poaching of endangered species such as Pileated gibbons , vast encroachment, dams, and widening roads are all slowly eroding the overall ecological integrity of the park. Ranger Salak Chairacha has been working at Thap Lan for nine years and has seen the impacts of illegal loggers and villagers going into the forest to poach. “In the temporary camps we have found skins and carcasses, wild pigs, muntjac deer, squirrels, wild chicken, (they shoot) whatever they see in the forest,” he told Mongabay. “The poachers, they go out at night. They use a torch, look for eyes in the dark. If they see it, they shoot it.” Poaching is just one threat to conser...

Full article: https://news.mongabay.com/2017/01/thap-lan-thailands-unsu...

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