GIS and Research

Maps  We used GIS to make detailed maps of our work including elephant home ranges, areas of the park used by elephants, elephant densities, HEC localities, survey trails (Recce and Line Transects), habitat-type maps and other useful maps. We can … Continue reading

Indirect Observation

Surveys are divided into three phases: • Recce walks where we walk along existing forest trails recording elephant sign to get an overall estimate of where elephants are. (see findings of Recce Walk) Recce Walk Analysis From the recce walks … Continue reading

Direct Observation

This is directly watching the elephants, identifying them, photographing them and recording information about their behaviour. Method We drive along the park roads and tracks looking for elephants. When we find them, we take detailed notes on the number of … Continue reading

Project Background

Study Site At present the WERF is based in Khao Yai National Park (KYNP) Thailand’s oldest and third largest national park. KYNP covers 2,168 km2 on the eastern Dongrak Range of the Korat Plateau in central Thailand, about 160 km … Continue reading

Methods to Reduce HEC

Affected communities respond to the problems of HEC in many different ways – some activities are similar in different countries and some activities vary depending on the location and factors such as level of impact, social and religious factors, education … Continue reading

Causes of HEC

A summary of the literature on HEC points to five main causes of HEC: • Increasing human populations have resulted in expansion of human settlements and agricultural land into forest areas; humans have encroached into the elephants’ habitat. As a … Continue reading

HEC Around Thailand

Many parts of Thailand are already suffering from HEC. A report by Wildlife Fund Thailand in 1997 found that HEC occurrs around eight protected areas – four wildlife sanctuaries and four national parks. Since then HEC has been found around … Continue reading