Trunk trouble: Wild elephant herd creates chaos in Prachin Buri farmlands
Mitch Connor, The Thaiger
December 8, 2023
In the heart of Prachin Buri, Khao Mai Kaew subdistrict located in the
Kabin Buri district, a herd of over 100 wild elephants emerged from the
Khao Ang Rue Nai Wildlife Sanctuary, wreaking havoc on local farming land.
The Ministry of Natural Resources and the Environment (MONRE) swiftly took
action, initiating an operation to usher the elephants back into their
The wild elephants, typically confined within the sanctuary in the
neighbouring Chachoengsao region, descended on the local farms earlier this
week. They feasted on sugarcane, pineapples and cassava crops, vital
sources of income for the local villagers.
Minister of the MONRE, Phatcharavat Wongsuwan, took the initiative
yesterday, December 7. He commanded all relevant agencies within Prachin
Buri to halt the elephants’ progression and guide them back into the
forest, aiming to safeguard the villagers’ livelihoods.
Approximately 250 officials and rangers were mobilised for this operation.
They utilised pickup trucks and agricultural machinery strategically parked
to guide the elephants’ return journey to the forest. Drone technology was
also deployed to identify the exact location of the herd, ensuring constant
However, the situation seems to be escalating. Officials have reported the
presence of an additional 30 wild elephants near the Thung Phraya
subdistrict. Simultaneously, 60 more elephants from the Huai Kradod
subdistrict in the Sanam Chai Khet district of Chachoengsao are advancing
towards Wang Tha Chan subdistrict in Prachin Buri, reported Bangkok Post.
In total, nearly 200 wild elephants are currently rampaging or posing a
potential threat to farms across Prachin Buri, as reported by the
authorities. The situation remains dynamic as the relevant agencies
endeavour to control the situation and secure the safety of both the wild
elephants and the locals.
In related news, agricultural communities in Loei, a province in northeast
Thailand, are grappling with the daunting invasion of wild elephants from
the Phu Luang Wildlife Reserve. The elephants have devoured crops almost
entirely in some fields, leading to an earnest plea to the relevant
government agencies for an urgent resolution.