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