What happened in 2015 in our project region, the border area between Thailand and Myanmar?
No tigers were killed by poachers in 2015! Quite the opposite, review of the 85 cameras now in use in the national parks Mae Wong and Khlong Lan show that the Indochinese tiger population in our project region is slowly recovering! Along with impressive photos seldom occurring animals such as leopards, Bengal cats, Indian civet cats as well as Asiatic elephants one can also see tigresses with their children. Also very promising is an increase in various herbivores such as samba deer, muntjaks and gaur – all very important prey of the tiger.
Tigers in the Mae Wong national park (both pictures were taken by camera traps)
Behind this success stands a comprehensive program that on the one hand comes from the tireless efforts of numerous game wardens and the other from an intensive awareness training conducted in schools and villages.
Currently there are almost 80 game underway on patrol around the clock in both national parks. On their patrols, alone in January they destroyed this year on average 57 illegal camps, arrested 12 suspicious persons and seized numerous weapons and poacher equipment.
Game wardens in the national parks
An exceedingly important step toward successful implementation of our game wardens was also the construction of the Mae Krasa Ranger Station in the Mae Wong National Park. This ranger station makes it possible for the wardens to venture into the significantly farther and to watch over and protect a significantly larger area. The ranger station is composed of an approximately 800 sq. ft. office building and an additional barracks building. The networking of the ranger station with additional game warden station is conducted via a centralized radio station. Additionally provisioning of energy is secured by solar cells and a generator.
The construction of the Mae Krong Ranger Station was an important step, in order to fight poaching more effectively. Additionally the station also serves as a base for workshops and training camps for new game wardens.
All pictures were kindly provided by the WWF and its local employees.