Sup Langka Wildlife Sanctuary chief Wasan Klomchinda said wild elephants had been extinct in Lopburi province several decades ago, but beginning with a reintroduction project in 2004, 25 elephants had been released in the wild, reproducing to number a total population of 44.
Wasan said in order to celebrate Thai Elephant Day this year, the army and local people had built the salt lick and constructed weirs to store water to accommodate the increasing number of elephants.
He added that wild elephants and residents near the forest lived in harmony, while the elephants also helped reforestation efforts and enhanced the biodiversity of the forest.
Published : March 13, 2017
By : Chatchawan Kaewkrajai The Nation