November 25, 2016
- as seen by -Manoon Pliosungnoen
During field work in a managed grassland of Kaeng Krachan National Park (KKNP) in Thailand, we came upon the largest wild cattle in Southeast Asia – gaurs (Bos gaurus).
KKNP’s habitat has been converted from densely invasive shrubs and climbing plants in an effort to increase capacity for wild ungulates. Our work has been to investigate changes in the park’s habitat and look for signs of our target species – with gaurs at the top of the list. These massive cattle, weighing nearly a ton, are an important prey species for tigers. We felt fortunate to observe a herd of 20 gaurs peacefully grazing at a very close range.
We are monitoring the project’s success with hope.
Nikon D7200, Nikkor 300mm F4 Lens