Thursday, March 23, 2017

Phuket elephants DNA tested to curtail trafficking

Officials from the National Park, Wildlife and Plant Conservation Department (DNP) took DNA samples from 67 elephants yesterday, including those that perform at the Phuket FantaSea attraction in Kamala, as part of a drive to crackdown on elephants trafficked onto the island.

There are currently 222 elephants registered at 23 camps in Phuket, said Supot Praedpring, Director of the DNP regional office in Nakhon Sri Thammarat.

“Today we checked four elephant camps with 32 elephants all used by Phuket FantaSea as well as 20 elephants at Pang Chang Hai elephant camp, 13 elephants at Kalim elephant camp, and two elephants at Tritrang elephant camp,” Supot said.

The DNA tests are part of a five-day campaign that began yesterday  to confirm the identities of all registered elephants on the island, including those used at tourist attractions and jungle-trekking tours, he explained.

The DNP teams, assisted Department of Livestock and Department of Provincial Administration officials, are checking identification certificates and microchip implants.

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