Western Forest Complex
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Protected areas > Salakpra Wildlife Sanctuary

The Salakpra Wildlife Sanctuary, adjoining the Erawan National Park, is known throughout Thailand for constant "battles" of farmers and elephants that raid their crops.


Created in 1965, Salakpra was the first wildlife sanctuary in Thailand.


The Salakpra ecosystem is a mosaic of tropical deciduous forest types which include a variety of seasonal and perennial water-bodies, both natural and man-made.


The sanctuary is home to over 150 wild elephants whose optimal forest habitat has been persistently diminished by encroachment and over-exploitation, as well as by dams and roads. As a result, more and more local farmers are troubled by crop-raiding. Sustainable solutions are urgently needed to allow elephants and people to live side-by-side in relative harmony.

More information

For more detailed information on the man-elephant co-existence in and around the sanctuary see the Elephant Conservation Network page.

Wild plants - infinite variety of colours and fragrances Mystic fog - the breath of jungle Beautiful waterfalls - source of water for Thailand One of the last habitats of beasts of prey Abundant Wildlife Colourful blossoms - endless inspiration


Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic

The project is funded by the Government of the Czech Republic (Ministry of Foreign Affairs) and conducted with support of the National Park, Wildlife and Plant Conservation Department (DNP), Thai Ecotourism and Adventure Travel Association (TEATA), Foundation of Western Forest Complex Conservation (FWFCC) and Tourism Promotion Society of Kanchanaburi (TSK). For more information write to us at info[at]westernforest[dot]org. Webdesign and photographs by David Kučera. Translation to Thai by Kris Dhiradityakul.

National Park, Wildlife and Plant Conservation Department