Staff Blog : I want to make a handbook that connects the forests with people

Hello to the people of Japan! This is Nan, from WWF Thailand.
My work is to maintain the habitat of wild animals.
I work at Kui Buri National Park, one of the most known protected areas in Thailand.
At this park, we offer eco-tourism for the tourists that visit here with the local community guides iwho lives near the national .

I am sure that all of you in Japan feel very excited when guides show you animals or plants that you can only see when you go to forests or when you go hiking.
Such moments of discovery are like treasures and I think it provides an opportunity for us to want to treasure the life that we see.
In order for guides who are unfamiliar about where they can see certain plants, animals or birds to guide the tourists through Kui Buri National Park, I am currently working on a handbook.

I, myself, have many times when I need to hover over encyclopedias while researching the area.
But every time I learn something new, it is a moment that makes my heart dance.
The living beings are not just there.
They have a name and they have a role that they play in nature. And they have a story.
There is still so much that is still unknown.

It is my wish that the guides and the people who visit the park could share the moments when my heart dances. It is the accumulation of such moments that fill us up with a strong desire to protect the forests.
That is the reason why I am including a lot of information in the handbook.

Humans protect the forests while enjoying the resources of the forest.
It is my hope that the eco-tourism efforts led by the local people of the area will be a sustainable industry.
I would like all of you in Japan to keep an eye out on our efforts at Kui Buri National Park.

© Tsubasa Iwabuchi - WWF Japan

Kui Buri National Park lies about four hours by car from the capital city, Bangkok. It is located in the Tenasserim Hills Range which runs along the border of Myanmar and Thailand. The guides (wearing tags hanging from their necks) conduct wildlife observation safaris as well as explain about the various living beings in the park.

©WWF Japan

I take photos of any plants that I do not know and look them up. I want to take photos of the leaves and flowers and fruits, but if I cannot take photos of them, I will return to the same spot at a different season, and challenge again.

©WWF Thailand

A specie from the Chinese parasol-tree family, which I am currently trying to identify. It is the same family of plants as cola and cacao. I heard that there is this species of Chinese parasol-trees family that continue to grow in Hiroshima even after the atomic bomb. I would like to go see it someday.

© Suchin Wongsuwan / WWF-Greater Mekong
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This is the Great Hornbill. It eats fruits with its magnificent beak. Some Great Hornbills measure about 150cm when they spread their wings.

Creating guides for birds, mammals, and plants simultaneously. When finished, I would be delighted if the Japanese people can look at the guide.