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Tree Planting at Elephant Nature Park

Khao Yai White water rafting competition

 

Tree Planting at Elephant Nature Park

By Antoinette van de Water, Bring the Elephant Home

Bring the Elephant Home volunteers managed to almost 4,000 trees for the ‘Let’s create an elephant jungle together’ event on Saturday, July 3 at the Elephant Nature Park in Mae Taeng. Driving to the planting site at the Nature Park’s new land in the rain was quite an adventure. The Elephant Nature Park will check the planted trees this week, and take the rest of the seedlings to the Park. Because the road was too rough to get a lot of volunteers to the new land during the rainy season it was decided that the trees would be planted later in the week as the rest of the trees need to be planted as soon as possible. Next week Bring the Elephant Home will host a tree planting event in the Park to plant the rest of the seedlings and make the Park greener.

Last year the Elephant Nature Park was able to buy a new piece of land. The property is about 100 acres, surrounded by protected forests, and has some streams running through it. When we bought it, the land was mainly used for cabbage plantations. These plantations are gone now, so many hands are needed to restore the forest and to make this an elephant’s paradise! The coming five years we have to plant many trees that will attract birds and other wild animals. This way the natural seed distributors will automatically visit our land from the neighboring forests, and plant more trees for us.As soon as the forest returns, the Elephant Nature Park wants to use the land as a second elephant haven. Some elephants from the park will live there in freedom, without much interaction with people. Volunteers can observe the elephants from some tree houses, that will be built in the future. At the moment there are no elephants on the land yet.

A big thanks to the many helping hands that came to plant trees! More info at www.bring-the-elephant-home.org (Photos by Nitchanan Onkate)

 

Khao Yai White water rafting competition

July marks the start of the southwest monsoon that turns rivers and streams into raging torrents in this vast park. The ones most suitable for competitive white-water rafting have been identified and are used as the courses for annual rafting events that attract both local and foreign enthusiasts.The 14th Hin Pheung Rafting Festival is scheduled for 23 to 27 July at Khao Yai National Park and promises to be a colourful event with plenty to occupy the attention of both participants and supporters.

This is not your typical white water rafting event, although the races are taken very seriously by participants in various age categories and skills ranging from levels three to five over a 2.5 km course.

For those who prefer to stay on dry land they can enter a P้tanque competition watch traditional performances such as folk dances and even enter singing competitions. Shoppers browse around a market that displays One-Tambon, One-Product village products, mainly handicrafts and food produce.

Khao Yai, Thailand’s oldest national park southern gate is located 120 km from Bangkok in Prachinburi. Designated a World Heritage site, this popular park is usually visited in the cool season from November to February, but for rafting enthusiasts, now is the time to go (TAT) http://www.tatnews.org.



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