Indochinese tigers and their prey in Thung-Yai Naresuan Wildlife Sanctuary, Thailand.
Wildlife Biologist. Wildlife Research Division, National Park, Wildlife and Plant Conservation Department , Thailand.
Wildlife Conservation Society
Wildlife Research Division, National Park, Wildlife and Plant Conservation Department
Tigers are the top predator in many natural strongholds in Thailand and likely provide both direct and indirect ecological benefits to the systems where they are found. Nowadays, many wildlife resources have been reduced, and the long-term viability of many tiger populations is uncertain. Many large areas, however, have been established to protect tigers. One of these is a core area in the Western Forest Complex; here, the Huai Kha Khaeng and Thung Yai Narae Suan (TYNS) reserves comprise 6,000 km2 and were awarded UNESCO’s National World Heritage status in 1991. This large area has an abundance of forest communities and many endangered species, and has been identified as one of the future natural strongholds for tigers. Tiger populations in protected habitats are likely to be chiefly influenced by prey abundance and availability. My study is aimed at understanding the key limiting factors for tigers and their prey in TYNS, comparing these attributes among different locations, and then identifying the most fruitful conservation and management actions for the long term.
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Updated: September 2, 2011