Thai national park to plant thorny bamboo on ground to prevent elephant invasion

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BANGKOK, Aug 1, 2019, Xinhua. Thailand’s Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation (DNP) said on Wednesday that it has instructed DNP state officials to grow thorny bamboos to act as natural fences, preventing wild elephants from roaming outside the Khao Yai national park area, reported the Xinhua.

The Khao Yai national park spans over 2,168 square meters over four provinces, Nakhon Ratchasima, Saraburi, Prachin Buri and Nakhon Nayok. The third largest Thai national park is home to about 300 wild elephants and is known as one of the best places to see wild elephants in Thailand.

Jongklai Worapongsathorn, the DNP’s deputy chief told the media that it was necessary to grow thorny bamboo fences to prevent wild elephants from encroaching into farmlands and residential areas near the reserve forest.

“Growing thorny bamboo is one of the natural ways to prevent human-elephant conflict,” said Jongklai, “many countries have adopted this method for forest reserve management too.”

Jongklai said the DNP will be growing thorny bamboo at targeted area where wildlife often trespasses into people’s property and plantations to forage for food.

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