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What is your job?
I conduct educational outreach programs to schools and communities around Thailand's
Khao Yai National Park to teach people about the importance of conserving the Park's
plants and animals.
Where do you work?
I work in villages (such as Klow Nue in Prachinburi) that border Khao Yai National
Park as well as in the WildAid Foundation office in Bangkok.
Why do you care about helping clouded leopards?
The clouded leopard is a wild cat species which is the one of key species in the
ecosystem. They need space for survival, finding food, and living safely. If they
have a protected ecosystem that means other animals will be protected as well. So,
anywhere where clouded leopard populations are strong, it means other species have
homes too. By conserving clouded leopards, we also conserve other wildlife populations.
So, wild cat species play an important role in conservation.
How did you get your start?
I graduated from Ramkhumhang University , Bangkok in 1999. I volunteered for World
Wildlife Fund Thailand and began working as an outreach officer for WildAid Foundation
What's the best part of your job?
To learn about wild cat species which are nearly extinct from hunting for use in
traditional medicine, capture for the pet market, and changes in their environment
including the loss of prey. I enjoy working together with others to to raise awareness
for protecting wild cats.
Do you think clouded leopards have a chance to survive in the
Yes, I think it can survive, but its very low numbers put the population at risk
of extinction. Its beautiful fur makes it an attractive target for hunters.
How can I help clouded leopards?
To conserve clouded leopards, we have to stop hunting them for use in traditional
medicine, collecting, and export for the pet market. We should raise conservation
awareness and realize that the network for protection will play a very important
role for the clouded leopard's survival in the future. Write us a letter or poem
or send us a picture sharing how you feel about clouded leopards! Caring is the
key to conservation.
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