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    stunning photos!

    Bruce, what you've done/doing is nothing short of miraculous.

    You'd probably get along with my wife Khwan, I'll post a link to a few of her tiger sketches ... Picasa Web Albums - Khwan - My Tiger Draw...

    (I don't know if can place HTML here, I'll try and see ...)

    <embed type="application/x-shockwave-flash" src="http://picasaweb.google.com/s/c/bin/slideshow.swf" width="400" height="267" flashvars="host=picasaweb.google.com&hl=en_US&feat =flashalbum&RGB=0x000000&feed=http%3A%2F%2Fpicasaw eb.google.com%2Fdata%2Ffeed%2Fapi%2Fuser%2Fkplygea w%2Falbumid%2F5273670550769698033%3Falt%3Drss%26ki nd%3Dphoto%26hl%3Den_US" pluginspage="http://www.macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer"></embed>

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    Quote Originally Posted by genghis61 View Post
    ^ we put some pics of our last trip on here: http://teakdoor.com/the-eastern-thai...ml#post1536789 (Sakaeo Pang Sida National Park)
    going back next week - been some rain and the waterfalls will have . . .water!
    Agree re the drivers - as we were on a motorbike "The only dangers we faced were speeding 4WDs and the dust-storms they created" some of them treated it like a rally course.
    Glad you liked the thread and I appreciate the kind words on my tiger photos. More threads to come. It is a shame how some Thai people envision nature; drinking and driving like mad-men in the parks plus throwing trash all over the place. It is a full-time job taking care of the protected areas in Thailand.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Barton View Post
    Bruce, what you've done/doing is nothing short of miraculous.

    You'd probably get along with my wife Khwan, I'll post a link to a few of her tiger sketches ... Picasa Web Albums - Khwan - My Tiger Draw...

    (I don't know if can place HTML here, I'll try and see ...)

    <embed type="application/x-shockwave-flash" src="http://picasaweb.google.com/s/c/bin/slideshow.swf" width="400" height="267" flashvars="host=picasaweb.google.com&hl=en_US&feat =flashalbum&RGB=0x000000&feed=http%3A%2F%2Fpicasaw eb.google.com%2Fdata%2Ffeed%2Fapi%2Fuser%2Fkplygea w%2Falbumid%2F5273670550769698033%3Falt%3Drss%26ki nd%3Dphoto%26hl%3Den_US" pluginspage="http://www.macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer"></embed>
    Paul,

    Thanks very much for that. I have looked at Khwan's tiger illustrations. Very nice. She has great skill. Hopefully we could meet one day.

    Cheers, Bruce

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    Quote Originally Posted by pangsida View Post
    re Pang Sida. i think the issue is the road (Thanon Daeng) and the amount of traffic on it making wildlife very wary. They have just started controlling it a lot more and you now have to sign in at the visitors centre before being allowed up it (started about two months ago but I have to admit I have not been since). To be honest its quite welcome, for me anyway, as the (often drunken) waterfall weekenders can drive like madmen up the road with a pickup full of their imbibed mates in the back.
    Pangsida,

    Sorry to hear about the problems in the park with the road and the waterfall drunken weekenders. However, it is like this all over Thailand at these waterfall tourist attractions. What to do? It will be a tough one to fix.

    One of these days I'll be making a trip that way (Pang Sida NP) and maybe we could hook-up.

    Cheers, Bruce

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    Bruce, my wife and I would indeed like to meet up some time, my post count isn't up to 20 yet so I can't PM you with my phone number, but our Email is: paulbartonpiano[at]gmail.com We've REALLY enjoyed your website -- Paul & Khwan.

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    Bump!

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    Cost of keeping tigers alive

    Extinction Countdown: Cost to save the world's tigers: $10,000 each per year (or just pennies a day!)
    Properly protecting the world's remaining 3,500 wild tigers from poachers, habitat fragmentation and other threats would cost just 42 percent more than is already spent on tiger conservation—an additional $35 million per year, or $10,000 per cat, according to a new study published September 14 in the journal PLoS Biology.
    “You can lead a horticulture but you can’t make her think.” Dorothy Parker

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    Quote Originally Posted by APMann
    This is one of the best and most interesting posts I have ever read on a web board. Many thanks for your hard work and for actually posting this.
    wot he said

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    Extinction accelerated

    Robuzo and to the rest of those who follow my threads,

    The Thai government just cut the protection budget by 40% throughout all of Thailand's protected areas. Talk about speeding things up. Less patrols and more time on the rangers hands to do nothing except hang around the station doing just that, nothing. Who ever came up with this one should have his or her head examined by a doctor. The parks and sanctuaries are on border line protection as it is and they come up with a slashed budget. But they will surely have their hand out to foreign and local NGOs' and other organization to make contributions.

    This is absolutely the last straw for wildlife conservation and it shows what the leadership, who recently was awarded the 'Getty Award for Conservation', and his team are thinking. It can only spiral downwards from here. Totally disappointing!

    Quote Originally Posted by robuzo View Post
    Extinction Countdown: Cost to save the world's tigers: $10,000 each per year (or just pennies a day!)
    Properly protecting the world's remaining 3,500 wild tigers from poachers, habitat fragmentation and other threats would cost just 42 percent more than is already spent on tiger conservation—an additional $35 million per year, or $10,000 per cat, according to a new study published September 14 in the journal PLoS Biology.

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    Thanks for the informative post Bruce. I admire your dedictation and talent. Being a fellow photographer myself I must say I am somewhat envious and wish I could be right along side of you snapping the shutter.

    Please keep up the good work and the updates sir.

    Regards,

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bruce Kekule View Post
    Robuzo and to the rest of those who follow my threads,

    The Thai government just cut the protection budget by 40% throughout all of Thailand's protected areas. Talk about speeding things up. Less patrols and more time on the rangers hands to do nothing except hang around the station doing just that, nothing. Who ever came up with this one should have his or her head examined by a doctor. The parks and sanctuaries are on border line protection as it is and they come up with a slashed budget. But they will surely have their hand out to foreign and local NGOs' and other organization to make contributions.

    This is absolutely the last straw for wildlife conservation and it shows what the leadership, who recently was awarded the 'Getty Award for Conservation', and his team are thinking. It can only spiral downwards from here. Totally disappointing!
    Terrible news for a situation that already seemed more or less hopeless. The corrupt boors running the Thai government are interested only in how they can make a fast baht, which is especially sad because there is great broad-based economic potential in the preservation of Thailand's natural heritage.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bruce Kekule View Post
    Robuzo and to the rest of those who follow my threads,

    The Thai government just cut the protection budget by 40% throughout all of Thailand's protected areas. Talk about speeding things up. Less patrols and more time on the rangers hands to do nothing except hang around the station doing just that, nothing. Who ever came up with this one should have his or her head examined by a doctor. The parks and sanctuaries are on border line protection as it is and they come up with a slashed budget. But they will surely have their hand out to foreign and local NGOs' and other organization to make contributions.

    This is absolutely the last straw for wildlife conservation and it shows what the leadership, who recently was awarded the 'Getty Award for Conservation', and his team are thinking. It can only spiral downwards from here.
    This is really bad. And, to add insult to injury, this reduction of protection funds happens two weeks before the International Tiger Summit in St.Petersburg, and less than a year after the Declaration on Tiger Conservation was accepted at the First Asia Ministerial Conference on Tiger Conservation in Hua Hin.

    What are they thinking?

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    Budget cuts in Wildlife Sanctuaries

    It has now come down the pipeline that the protection budget cut 40% was across the board for the Department of National Parks to help the flood relief victims. Most national parks have already been trashed by over-visitation and poor or no protection management but the wildlife sanctuaries however, will lose precious money to take care of them.

    When they talk about improving the tiger and other animal's environments in their so-called hi-level talks on the one hand, and then slash budgets on the other, those responsible are a bunch of scoundrels and liars to boot.

    They are directly responsible for the disappearing wildlife with lousy management, low funds and few personnel. Also, many of the temporary hired rangers will be fired as a result of the budget cut leaving very few rangers to look after Thailand's remaining forest as it is.

    It's truly alarming and I am upping the ratchet to photograph as much as possible so that future generations will at least see what use to be one of the greatest natural wonders in the world. I just hope Huai Kha Khaeng, Thung Yai and other wildlife sanctuaries can weather the storm. Time will tell.
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    More habitat fragmentation on the way

    Thailand's top construction contractor, Italian-Thai Development Pcl, said on Thursday it expected to sign a contract for a deep-sea port project with Myanmar Port Authority by the end of November.
    The Dawei port project, with an estimated value of about 400 billion baht ($13 billion), will include a railway, roads, industrial estates, a refinery and a steel mill, senior executive Nijaporn Charanachitta told reporters.
    Thailand and Burma have agreed to jointly develop a deep-sea port at Dawei on Burma's Andaman Sea coast as a new economic zone, Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva says.


    The Dawei project is huge, and it has the backing of the governments of Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia and probaby China.

    And here's the bad news:

    1. Thai News Agency quoted the prime minister as saying Thailand planned to upgrade the Singkhon checkpoint in Prachuap Khiri Khan's Muang district to serve the new economic centre in southern Burma.

    2. Acting government spokesman Panitan Wattanayagorn said Thailand also planned to develop a route linking Kanchanaburi with Dawei, as a western gateway to markets in Thailand.


    The Tenasserims in Myanmar still have good forest continuity from Salween all the way to the south of Lenya National Park, with both good lowland and montane forest.
    The 1. - expanding the road to Prachuap Khiri Khan's Muang district, would likely isolate Lenya/Ngawun NP from the bulk of forests further north, cutting it off from the Kuiburi/Kaeng Krachan/Tanintharyi NP complex.
    The 2. - a route linking Kanchanaburi with Dawei is likely to have even worse consequences: it would sever the links between Western forest Complex (Sai Yok) and the Kaeng Krachan/Kuiburi/Tanintharyi NP complex. The connectivity is already all but lost on the Thai side, but still very good on the Myanmar side.

    I believe it is not too early to think about mitigation measures: to enable unhindered wildlife movement, as many tunnels and bridges as possible should be built on those roads, plantation building should be discouraged, and wide forest corridors should be identified along which forest clearance and settlement building should be prohibited. Otherwise we can say goodbye to the Indochinese tiger altogether; other natural heritage treasures of Thailand and Myanmar will follow.
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