Forest dam threatens Thailand's tigers: WWF
BANGKOK (AFP) - A proposed dam that would flood part of a national park in western Thailand represents a "significant new threat" to the kingdom's tigers, wildlife group World Wildlife Fund (WWF) warned on Wednesday.
It said the success of conservation efforts in the area near the border with Myanmar - highlighted by new video footage of a tigress and her two cubs filmed by camera traps close to the proposed dam site - were now at risk.
"As tigers need large amounts of food, especially when they are nursing their young, the new footage indicates that prey in the Mae Wong-Klong Lan forests is abundant enough to support tiger reproduction and recovery," said WWF conservationist Rungnapa Phoonjampa.
Many tiger prey species including wild pig and deer were also seen in the area, according to the group.