Dong Phayayen Khao Yai Forest Complex
- The Dong Phayayen Khao Yai Forest Complex spans 230 km between Ta Phraya National Park on the Cambodian border in the east, and Khao Yai National Park in the west. The Site is in the Provinces of Saraburi, Nakhon Nayok, Nakhon Ratchisima, Prachinburi, Srakaew and Burirum. As such it is in Central Thailand and Northeastern Thailand. Accordingly when looking for any of these three National Parks there can be confusion as to which part of Thailand they are in.
- The site is home to more than 800 species of fauna, including 112 mammal species ( among them two species of gibbon ), 392 bird species and 200 reptile and amphibian species. It is internationally important for the conservation of globally threatened and endangered mammal, bird and reptile species, among them 19 that are vulnerable, four that are endangered, and one that is critically endangered.
- The area contains substantial and important tropical forest ecosystems, which can provide a viable habitat for the long-term survival of these species.
The area comprising three Thailand National Parks was made a World Heritage Site in 2005
Unesco Reasons For Nominating the Forest Complex As A World Heritage Site
- The Dong Phayayen-Khao Yai Forest Complex contains more than 800 fauna species, including 112 species of mammals, 392 species of birds and 200 reptiles and amphibians. It is internationally important for the conservation of globally threatened and endangered mammal, bird and reptile species that are recognised as being of outstanding universal value. This includes 1 critically endangered, 4 endangered and 19 vulnerable species.
- The Forest Complex contains the last substantial area of globally important tropical forest ecosystems of the Thailand Monsoon Forest biogeographic province in northeast Thailand, which in turn can provide a viable area for long-term survival of endangered, globally important species, including tiger, elephant, leopard cat and banteng. The unique overlap of the range of two species of gibbon, including the vulnerable Pileated Gibbon, further adds to the global value of the complex.
- In addition to the resident species the complex plays an important role for the conservation of migratory species, including the endangered Spot-billed Pelican and critically endangered Greater Adjutant.