Thailand’s Western Forest Complex

Thailand’s Western Forest Complex or WEFCOM, is an ancient contiguous landscape extending through Thailand and Myanmar that includes 19 national parks and wildlife sanctuaries including two World Heritage sites and is the main biodiversity conservation corridor of the region. It is one of the largest protected territories in Southeast Asia covering over 18,000 km2.

WEFCOM is part of the Indo-Burma biodiversity hotspot, the most threatened of the earth’s 34 biodiversity hotspots, and because of its large size, it supports diverse large mammal fauna, including Indochinese tiger, Indochinese leopard, dhole, clouded leopard, sun bear, 10 species of primates (all five of the region’s macaques), gaur, banteng, water buffalo, elephant, tapir, and four of Thailand’s five deer species. Altogether 153 mammal species, 490 bird species, 41 reptiles, and 108 species of fish inhabit this last great primary wilderness of Asia.

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