Thailand’s Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation (DNP) has announced a plan to temporarily close national parks nationwide every year for a three-month period.
The department says the annual closure will allow the environment to regenerate naturally and without human disruption.
The idea for the closure stems from the reemergence of many wildlife species when all of Thailand’s national parks were declared off-limits to visitors as part of the COVID-19 lockdown measures.
Land and marine wildlife have been spotted grazing and frolicking in their pre-tourism natural habitats with more frequency and in greater numbers. These include banteng, or tembadau, wild elephants, mountain goats, tigers, black-tipped reef sharks, killer whales, bottle-necked dolphins and sea turtles.
National parks are protected areas of land because they have unspoilt landscapes and a diverse number of native plants and animals. There are 127 national parks in Thailand, of them 22 marine national parks. These parks offers a diverse range of flora and fauna, home to important population of endangered species.
Some of Thailand’s national parks are set to open on 1 July following the lifting of COVID-19 lockdown measures.
Thai officials are working out appropriate timetables for the staggered closure of the parks, and are expected to make announcements later in the year.
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