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Wild elephants threaten farms

Locals seek help with controlling marauding herds

A wild elephant was spotted outside its natural habitat in Kanchanaburi province last month. (Photo: Piyarat Chongcharoen)

Phimphitcha Soonjirad, a 40-year-old teacher from Sai Yok Noi Vitthaya School in Mauen in tambon Chorsadao in Kanchanaburi’s Mueang district, on Friday night accompanied a group of local villagers on a patrol close to her village located inside Salak Phra Wildlife Sanctuary, which harbours around 270 wild elephants. Her team’s work is just one of many initiatives tried by the locals in a bid to keep the herd from causing damage to the community.

She has spent over 20 years battling the wild jumbos that regularly destroy farmland…

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