Thungyai–Huai Kha Khaeng Wildlife Sanctuaries

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Thungyai–Huai Kha Khaeng Wildlife Sanctuaries
UNESCO World Heritage site
Location Thailand
Criteria Natural: (vii), (ix), (x)
Reference 591
Inscription1991 (15th Session)
Area622,200 ha (2,402 sq mi)
Coordinates 15°20′N98°55′E / 15.333°N 98.917°E / 15.333; 98.917 Coordinates: 15°20′N98°55′E / 15.333°N 98.917°E / 15.333; 98.917
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Location of Thungyai–Huai Kha Khaeng Wildlife Sanctuaries in Thailand

Thungyai–Huai Kha Khaeng Wildlife Sanctuaries is the inscribed name of a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Thailand covering the areas of two adjacent wildlife sanctuaries: Thung Yai Naresuan and Huai Kha Khaeng. They cover areas in Kanchanaburi, Tak and Uthai Thani, and form a large part of Thailand's Western Forest Complex. The site was inscribed on the World Heritage list in 1991.

Thung Yai Naresuan Wildlife Sanctuary protected area

The Thung Yai Naresuan Wildlife Sanctuary is a protected area in Thailand in the northern part of Kanchanaburi Province and the southern part of Tak Province. It was declared a wildlife sanctuary in 1972, and a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1991 together with the adjoining Huai Kha Khaeng Wildlife Sanctuary.

Huai Kha Khaeng Wildlife Sanctuary protected area

The Huai Kha Khaeng Wildlife Sanctuary is in Uthai Thani and Tak Provinces, Thailand. The park was established in 1974, and is part of the largest intact seasonal tropical forest complex in Mainland Southeast Asia. It, coupled with the Thungyai Naresuan Wildlife Sanctuary was declared a World Heritage Site by the United Nations in 1991. Together, the two sanctuaries occupy 622,200 hectares. As of 2014 it still contained viable populations of large mammals, including gibbons, bears, elephants and Indochinese tigers, although like all other sites in mainland Southeast Asia, some species have disappeared or have experienced severe declines.

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