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ESR 29:95-102 (2015)  -  DOI:

Wild Asian elephant Elephas maximus population in Salakpra Wildlife Sanctuary, Thailand

Rattanawat Chaiyarat1,*, Namphung Youngpoy1, Prawut Prempree2

1Wildlife and Plant Research Centre, Faculty of Environment and Resource Studies, Mahidol University, Phuttamonthon, Nakhon Pathom Province 73170, Thailand
2Salakpra Wildlife Sanctuary, Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation, Mueang District, Kanchanaburi Province 71000, Thailand
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ABSTRACT: The population of wild Asian elephants Elephas maximus is declining worldwide; therefore, understanding the dynamics of the remaining population is critical for effective conservation. We monitored the population and distribution of elephants in Salakpra Wildlife Sanctuary, Thailand between May 2010 and March 2011. Using 32 camera trap locations and 1391 trap nights, we recorded 882 elephant photos. A total of 180 individuals were identified in the photos and classified as follows: 55 adult males, 60 adult females, 11 sub-adult males, 17 sub-adult females, 18 juveniles, and 19 calves. The age structure ratio (based on adult females) was 0.9 : 1.0 : 0.2 : 0.3 : 0.3 : 0.4, and the ratio of reproductive ability between adult females, juveniles, and calves was 1.0 : 0.3 : 0.3. The ratio between adult females and infants was highest in areas containing a high concentration of salt licks, which could indicate that salt licks are a keystone resource for wild Asian elephants.

KEY WORDS: Wild Asian elephant · Age structure · Habitat management · Conservation · Population monitoring

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Cite this article as: Chaiyarat R, Youngpoy N, Prempree P (2015) Wild Asian elephant Elephas maximus population in Salakpra Wildlife Sanctuary, Thailand. Endang Species Res 29:95-102.

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