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Thungyai Naresuan Wildlife Sanctuary


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Thungyai Naresuan Wildlife Sanctuary (Thai: เขตรักษาพันธุ์สัตว์ป่าทุ่งใหญ่นเรศวร) is a protected area in Thailand. It is located in the northern part of Kanchanaburi province and southern part of Tak province. The wildlife sanctuary was created on April 24, 1974. It was later declared a World Heritage Site by the United Nations in 1991, together with another Thai wildlife sanctuary, Huai Kha Khaeng.

 

History

King Naresuan of Ayutthaya twice made bases in this area (in 1590 and 1605) to prepare for an invasion of Burma. Later this site was called Thungyai Naresuan, which means great grassland of Naresuan.

 

The area has been relatively uninhabited. The forested hills are unsuitable for farming and the area is still malaria-infested. This ironically prevented the environment from being changed much by humans and therefore kept it in its natural condition. Because of that, most of the wild animals typically found in forested areas in South East Asia have been seen in this area, including some rare ones such as tigers.

 

Climate

The wildlife sanctuary's climatic zone belongs to the tropical zone or subtropics due to its height. The average temperature is between (in degrees Celsius) 15 - 35 in summer, 20 - 33 in the rainy season, and 10 - 29 in the dry season. It has annual rainfall of 2000ml.

 

Extracted from Wikipedia: Thungyai Naresuan Wildlife Sanctuary

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