The spokesman for the Department of Wildlife and Plants Conservation yesterday (Nov 6) warned tourists visiting eight national parks in the country of possible encounter with wild elephants during the cold season.
His warning came after tourists encountered a herd of wild elephants at Khun Pavor national park in Tak province on Sunday.
Sighting and encountering of wild elephants were also reported at Khao Yai national park in the connected area of Prachinburi and Nakhon Ratchasima.
Sompoj Maneerat said as national parks are areas where wild animals are harboured, therefore encountering with them is normal.
In particular this coming cold season, the chance to encounter them is high as they will wander around for food. he said.
He then named eight wildlife sanctuaries in national parks where visitors have high chance to encounter elephants as Khao Soi Dao in Chanthaburi, Khao Arng Luenai in Chachoengsao, Dong Phyayen in Nakhon Ratchasima, Nam Nao in in Phetchabun, Phu Kradueng and Phu Rua in Loei, Phu Luang in Chaiyaphum, and Khun Pavor in Tak.
He advised tourists to these national parks to read instructions before visiting these places.
He said authorities will be available at all these places to give instructions and will have tourist assistance centres to give information.