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360 Animals to Be Returned to Wild

Thailand tor return 360 animals to wild in chaiyaphum

Hundreds of animals will be returned to the wild in Chiayaphum under a project run by the Phu Khiao Wildlife Sanctuary.

Natural Resources and Environment Minister Minister Varawut Silpa-archa kicked off the campaign Friday aimed at conserving and diversifying indigenous wildlife in the Thung Kramang field.

The project will now see the release of 360 animals comprising seven brow-antlered deer, 20 hog deer, 10 barking deer, 23 peacocks, 200 Siamese fireback pheasants and 100 silver pheasants. Healthy animals of the species were selected from the Phu Khiao Wildlife Breeding Center. They were tagged and prepared for their life in the wild.

Thanya Netithammakul, director-general of the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation, said the Phu Khiao Wildlife Sanctuary in Chaiyaphum province was one of pristine forests in the country and the habitat of a wide range of wild animals including the animals that were born in the wild and released captive animals.

He said the release of animals in the wildlife sanctuary had actually started in 1983 to increase the populations of endangered animals and support ecological restoration.