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    A dying breed

    Life, L. Bruce Kekulé, Published on 31/07/2013

    » Of all the mammals in Thailand, the wild elephant is probably the most important indicator species of a disappearing wilderness. A century ago, there were more than a 100,000 elephants found in the country when 75% of the Kingdom was still covered by forest. Just north and east of Bangkok, these huge mammals thrived in the marshlands and forests near the city.

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    Burning bright: Nine tigers in seven days

    Life, L. Bruce Kekulé, Published on 24/04/2013

    » When the tiger evolved in southern China some 2 million years ago, the species radiated out, north to Siberia and west to the area around the Caspian Sea. The Himalayas prevented them from moving south into Nepal and India.

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    Asian wildlife through the lens

    Life, L. Bruce Kekulé, Published on 27/02/2013

    » Thailand's wildlife and forests have evolved over millions of years into some of the most beautiful and interesting in the world. Photographing these ecosystems and rare animals such as the Siamese crocodile, tiger, leopard, gaur, banteng, wild water buffalo, elephant and tapir, plus a multitude of other mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and insects in their natural habitats is a daunting task to say the least. A multitude of different aspects contribute to the difficult and sometimes dangerous pastime of wildlife photography.

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    Snakes Alive

    Life, L. Bruce Kekulé, Published on 31/10/2012

    » A magnificent serpent some 5m in length slides along the forest floor looking for another reptile to eat. Its movement is swift but steady. Senses are on high alert as a rat snake moves ahead. The big snake rears up and strikes, pumping venom into the smaller one. The two wrestle for a short while but soon it is all over as the "king" swallows the victim headfirst.

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    The plight of the Forest Patrol Ranger

    Life, L. Bruce Kekulé, Published on 26/09/2012

    » Nit packed his bag and said goodbye to his wife and two daughters. It would be the last time he saw his family. He jumped on his new motorcycle and left the village heading to the national park headquarters, some 30km away. On the way, he made a quick stop at the market to buy some rice and food for a week's trip into the forest. His salary was about $150 a month, and he wondered how the family was going to make ends meet.

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    Patrimony imperilled

    Life, L. Bruce Kekulé, Published on 27/02/2012

    » Some 60 million years ago, the tectonic plate on which the Indian subcontinent rests precipitated a collision that creating a ripple effect across Southeast Asia, the uplifting of land causing the formation over time of many mountain ranges. Most of these run from north to south creating a blanket upshot across northern Thailand as well as areas in Myanmar and Laos. This terrain is divided into many mountains and valleys with rivers that bring life to the region and its people.

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    Amazing Biodiversity in jeopardy

    Life, L. Bruce Kekulé, Published on 26/03/2012

    » On Dec 8, 1941, the same day of the Pearl Harbor attack in Hawaii (Dec 7 in the US), the Japanese Imperial Army invaded Thailand with thousands of troops and settled in. Sometime in 1942, a decision was made to build a railway from Bangkok to Burma and beyond through the thick malaria- and tiger-infested jungles in Kanchanaburi province using Allied and Asian prisoners of war as construction labour.

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    Still bobbing and weaving

    Life, L. Bruce Kekulé, Published on 30/01/2012

    » As the sun starts its daily ascent from the eastern horizon, the early morning air is crisp and cool. It's November and not a single cloud is to be seen in the clear blue sky. Heavy dew blankets everything in Mae Lao-Mae Sae, a wildlife sanctuary situated in the northern province of Chiang Mai. Mist rises from the forest as the morning heat builds. The scent from pine trees, some hundreds of years old, is refreshing. A sea of fog covers the lowland valleys and the view from the mountaintop is truly breathtaking.

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