Thailand Announces New Tiger Conservation Project Home at Dong Phayayen-Khao Yai Forest Complex
The new tiger conservation project aimed at increasing the tiger population in the Dong Phayayen-Khao Yai Complex was announced on Global Tiger Day in the MOU Signing ceremony between the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation (DNP) and Khao Yai Foundation. The MOU—signed by General Surayud Chulanont, the chairman of Khao Yai Foundation and Thanya Netithammakun, Director-General of DNP—demonstrated their commitment in helping Thailand achieve the goal of doubling the current tiger population with the assistance of IUCN, WCS, WWF and Freeland.
The 2nd Home for Tigers project in the Dong Phayayen – Khao Yai Forest Complex aims to conserve, protect and recover the population of tigers and other endangered species. The project plans to start August 12, 2017 and targets doubling the tiger population by 2027.
“WWF is very pleased to see the DNP and the Khao Yai Foundation working together to increase the tiger population in the Dong Phayayen - Khao Yai Complex. This area has the ability to support a large number of tigers and make a significant contribution to national and global tiger recovery targets,” said Yowalak Thiarachaow, Country Director of WWF-Thailand.
In 2016, DNP announced the Global Tiger Day theme of ‘Tiger Home at the western forest complex’ at Huai Kha Khaeng Wildlife Sanctuary in Uthai Thani as the first home project. This year they are expanding the 2nd home at Dong Phayayen-Khao Yai Forest Complex.
About The Dong Phayayen – Khao Yai
The Dong Phayayen – Khao Yai Forest Complex spans 230 km between Ta Phraya National Park on the Cambodian border in the east, and Khao Yai National Park in the west, totally 3,845,000 Rai or 6,152 km2. The complex includes four national parks and one wildlife sanctuary and is home to more than 800 species of fauna, including 112 mammal species, 392 bird species and 200 reptiles and amphibian species according to UNESCO. It is internationally important for the conservation of globally threatened and endangered mammal, bird and reptile species. The area contains important tropical forest ecosystems that can provide viable habitat for the long-term survival of these species. Dong Phayayen-Khao Yai Forest Complex was added to UNESCO’s World Heritage List according to the following criteria:
- Possessing great biological diversity, in both number of species and habitat that play important roles for the in situ conservation.
- Possessing endemic species that play key roles for the in situ conservation.
- Possessing endangered species.
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