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    I met with Bruce today and saw his new book. Awesome photos and the book is something like 320 pages long. Mostly photos this time around so it should be an easy read for most of you

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    where do i/we get hold of the book?

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    ^ it won't be available till the end of next month. All the major bookstores will carry them , ie. Asia Books, etc.

    His name is "L. Bruce Kekule"

    He has 3 books in print. The first one probably isn't available anymore. They are:

    1. Wildlife in the Kingdom of Thailand

    2. Thailand's Natural Heritage

    3. Wild Rivers

    After seeing Wild Rivers today I think it is going to be his best one so far.

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    cool nice one, ill put a search out in the library tomorow

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    mobbs, what kind of camera are you using? DSLR, point and shoot>?

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    A Canon SD630 point and shoot.


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    I have recently talked with Bruce and he has been floating around TD. He is busy with his book launch but says when it's done he plans on writing some threads and putting pics on here.

    He has much better stories than I do so I'll be looking forward to it.

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    easy mobs,thatll be cool, hope he dosent bugger off somewhere else like that other bloke

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    Bruce's book launch

    Foreign Correspondents' Club of Thailand
    The Bulletin

    Volume 598
    Wednesday, September 10, 2008

    Tues, September 16 - Book Launch: Wild Rivers - A photographic odyssey in Thailand, text and photographs by L. Bruce Kekule (7:00 pm)


    Book Launch: Wild Rivers

    A photographic odyssey in Thailand, Text and photographs by L. Bruce Kekule










    Tuesday, September 16, at 7:00 pm
    No cover charge

    For more than 12 years wildlife photographer Bruce Kekule has devoted his life to Thailand’s wild flora and fauna – so that others can appreciate the beauty of the natural world. ‘Wild Rivers’ is his third book – an amazing collection of nearly 400 photographs of many endangered Asian animals and watershed habitats, and the stories behind them.

    Five important rivers in the west and north are featured in this 320 page book: The Phetchaburi, Huai Kha Khaeng, Mae Klong, Khwae Noi and Mae Ping, along with chapters on nature photographers, wildlife photography and wildlife in peril. Many creatures seen here are close to extinction in our fast changing world, which seems unforgiving and distant from nature. Over the years, Kekule has used film cameras and in then 2005, started shooting digital. He has also produced his own
    custom-made infrared camera-traps to capture on film many rare animals like tiger, leopard, gaur, elephants and many more.

    Born in Sacramento, California USA in 1945, he grew up in Hawaii for 12 years and then 1958 moved with the family to Hong Kong for another six years before moving to Chiang Mai, Thailand in 1964. He now lives in Bangkok with his Thai wife, their daughter, son-in-law and two grand daughters.

    Bruce continues to fight for the conservation of the Kingdom’s precious animals and intricate ecosystems. His ambition to produce wildlife books is ongoing, and believes photographs are one of the best methods to increase awareness and protection of the natural world.

    Copies of his book will also be available for purchase at the entrance throughout the evening, priced at 1,800 Baht.




    The Foreign Correspondents' Club of Thailand
    Penthouse, Maneeya Center
    518/5 Ploenchit Road
    (connected to the BTS Skytrain Chitlom station)
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    Nice trip. Just can't seem to get out of Ptty!!!!

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    Excellent thread mobs, will look out for the book as you've recomended it.

    I'm just happy that there are still wild Tigers in Thailand.

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    I'll be heading to the FCCT for that one, always enjoy an evening there and I'll still got a few beer tokens left.

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    Very nice post! The pics are awsome, and bring the real feel of the wild life.Thanks!

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    Thanks for all the nice comments!

    Looks like I may be headed out that way again. Next week I hope to be heading up river in a longtail boat on the Sai Yoke Noi river out to somewhere. Should be a good adventure and I'll definitely post it on TD. Bruce has camera trapped tiger in this area.

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    I liked this thread so much I joined teak-door! I also enjoyed the Kaeng Krachan thread also thanks.

    Its not a National Park though - its a sanctuary (the difference being that a NP has in its charter that it should educate the public whilst a Sanctuary (as this is) does not. It's taken me a long time to figure that out as some sanctuaries allow visitors but others do not (without a permit that is).

    Anyway thats not the point of this post - my point is to say thank you to you for such a great insight and also thanks to Mr. Bruce for such a great book (all three of them) - little is said about this great natural resource that Thailand still has - but is fast losing, indeed it has lost some 75% of its gibbon habitat (the great noise in your vid) since the 60s resulting in the collapse in the gibbon population from an estimated 3,000,000 to 18,000 (scary!) due to habitat destruction.
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    lovely part of Thailand.
    I have a little land just to the east of the park/sanctuary, where the hills meet the plain

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    Stunning pics of the wildlife. Your camera takes very nice, clear and colourful photos too. Did you get to see any tigers? Do you know how many tigers approx. are still roaming around Thailand?

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    From what I have read I would guesstimate about 400 or so. The three numbers I know are:

    Khao Yai 3 (census in 1990s)
    Phu Khieo 19 (census in 1990s)
    Western Forest complex 200 (estimate)

    I think they are incredibly hard to count being nocturnal, requiring large unspoilt territories, etc. I remember asking a ranger at the Eastern Forest Complex if he had ever seen one of their tigers - no was the answer and he had worked there for 20 years!

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    Quote Originally Posted by phuketbound View Post
    Stunning pics of the wildlife. Your camera takes very nice, clear and colourful photos too. Did you get to see any tigers? Do you know how many tigers approx. are still roaming around Thailand?

    I have never seen a tiger in the wild but have seen plenty of signs that they were in the area. On the last trip to Kaeng Krachan I found some sign of a struggle and what looked like an area where an animal was dragged out of a salt lick. From the shape and size of the tracks it looked like a gaur was trying to get away from something.

    As far as Tiger populations it is very hard to get an approximate number as there have not been any worthwhile surveys done. As pangsida said, the agreed upon guesstimate is around 400-500.

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    ^^Great to hear that there are still a few around. Thanks.

    mobs00, what do you think of places like Tiger Temple that chain the tigers up and use them as a tourist attraction?

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    ^ I think you may already know... In short, I do not agree with programs that breed animals for tourism and not for re-introduction.

    There are plenty of threads here on TD about the Tiger temple.

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    ^I thought you may say that. One reason I haven't been to the tiger temple is just that. Last time i was there, I was appalled at seeing the monkeys chained up and even the way some of the elephants are treated.

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    Fantastic trip report!
    Much appreciated.
    I`ll look up Bruce`s books on the net to get my hands on all 3 of them.

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    Fantastic threads ! Thanks for sharing.



    just for info :
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    This area had sink holes all over the place. I am not sure what caused them but it could be from the root system of long dead trees finally rotting away. [/cite]


    A you guys probably are in a limestone area, this could well be a cave-in (a cave that collapsed somewhere underneath). Limestone formations are usually caved pretty much like swiss-cheese.



    Cheers

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    I never thought I would have the chance to see a wild tiger in Thailand BUT I have!
    Stood 30 meters in front of me on a track in Thap lan park. I feel very lucky indeed.

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