A Laotian-Vietnamese wildlife trafficker and influential local people are believed to be behind the slaying of wild elephants in Kaeng Krachan National Park in Phetchaburi, an elephant expert told reporters at the Crime Reporters and Photographers Associa
Elephant expert Dulasit Snidwongs na Ayutthaya said the alleged Laotian wildlife trafficker who has Vietnamese nationality was Roi or Doi Jantawongsa. She, and influential people, including a Thai policeman and his Vietnamese wife, who live in the northeastern province of Chaiyaphum, worked together and were allegedly involved in the elephant slaughter.
He said six wild elephants were killed over the past 15 months in the park. But bullets found in the elephants’ bodies were not able to kill the animals on their own. Therefore, he believed that they were poisoned, and that the poachers only shot the animals to create false evidence.
But DNP deputy chief Theerapat Prayurasiddhi said the department wanted Dulasit to give his information to relevant authorities rather than telling the public as it could affect inquiries into the slayings.
The DNP would invite chiefs responsible for national parks where wild elephants dwell to attend its meeting tomorrow to present their plans to protect the animals. Later on Tuesday it would have another meeting with other government agencies handling elephant problems so they could create a protection plan together before outlining elephant situations and a plan to the premier later, he said.