In what is being said to be a first for Thailand a national park will have its perimeter fitted with CCTV cameras in an effort to protect local farms from being raided by hungry elephants from the park.
The “Smart Early Warning System” will see the perimeter of the Kui Buri National Park in Prachuap Khiri Khan fitted with 25 CCTV cameras over March and April of this year.
Park officials have also decided to create areas of grassland inside the park in an effort to prevent elephants from leaving the park to search for food.
Kanchanapan Khamhaeng, the parks chief explained that a 24-hour-a-day manned watch centre would monitor the cameras and spot any elephant attempting to leave the park.
If a lone elephant is spotted wandering out of the park local residence would be notified and asked to guide it back into the park, if more than one is spotted a quick response team will be dispatched.
It is estimated that there is 260 to 300 wild elephants currently in the Kui Buri National Park, that figure is based on a survey carried out in 2015.
With increasing numbers in the elephant population park officials are looking at ways to increase food and water sources to prevent elephants from foraging outside of the park for food.
Source : Thenation
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