Kao Soy Dao Wildlife Protection Park, Thailand

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Kao Soy Dao Wildlife Protection Park is located in Kao Soy Dao Suburb with a total area of 116,409.4 Acres , 70 kilometres away from Chantaburi.

Originally, the park was called Kao Soy Dao Forest, meaning a mountain to catch the stars, because of its tremendous height of 1,675 meters above sea level. At night time, the picturesque mountains allow one to watch so clearly the hundreds of stars , and seem to reach high into the sky for one to easily catch them.

Many big and small mountains joined together to make up Kao Soy Dao Forest. Kao Sip Ha Chun, Kao Tha Pong , Kao Ngoo, and Kao Sai Kao are the mothers of many beautiful waterfalls and rivers, and breathtaking mountainsides.

Bangkok and other cities hardly enjoy Rainy Season, but for farmers and others whose lives depend largely on water, it is time to rejoice . The trees in the forest also come alive with the refreshing rain. Overnight , the rain can nourish and beautify every element of the forest to create a truly refreshing atmosphere.

In 1965 the Department of Forestry started the animal research and conservation in Kao Soy Dao Forest. The Department found that the wealth of wild animals and the natural habitat at the forest are excellent for a wildlife protection park.

Consequently, the Department of Forestry founded the Sai Kao Nature and Animal Research Center in 1990 , in Sai Kao , part of the Kao Soy Dao Animal Protection Park. In 1996, the name of the sector changed to Sai Kao Animal Conservation Support and Development Center . The main objective is the ensure that the exotic beauty of Kao Soy Dao Forest is continually protected.

While a lot of emphasis have been put on conservative eco-tourism, many misunderstand that it applies solely for the forest and the mountains. In fact, all kinds of tourism can and need to involve environmental awarness. It would be joyous to see more responsible tourists who travel with conservation in mind.