Govt to ask Cambodia for Eld’s deer for breeding

Thailand plans to ask Cambodia for some Eld’s deer for a breeding programme to boost the critically endangered species’ numbers in the wild, according to the Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Varawut Silpa-archa on Monday.

The ministry had discussed the plan with counterparts from neighbouring countries, especially Cambodia, prior to the Covid-19 crisis. The discussions will resume as soon as the outbreak subsides and borders reopen, he said.

Mr Varawut announced the plan at Phukiew Wildlife Sanctuary in Chaiyaphum, where he supervised the release of deer born at the ministry’s breeding centre in Chon Buri.

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