Phu Wua Wildlife Sanctuary
|Phu Wua Wildlife Sanctuary|
IUCN category IV (habitat/species management area)
|Nearest city||Nakhon Phanom|
|Governing body||Wildlife Conservation Division|
The wildlife preserve covers forested hills along the Mekong river, ranging between 160 and 448 m above sea level. The highest hill is Phu Wua Lang Tham Sung. Shorea obtusa is the most common tree. The dry and wet virgin forests are intersected with bamboo forests and grasslands. Wildlife of the sanctuary includes elephants, tigers, leopards, bears, pheasants, monkeys and gibbons.
The area was first surveyed in 1964, however the survey had to be interrupted due to the growing communist insurgency in the area. It took till 1974 that the Forestry Department could finish the survey and report the results to the government. On May 2 1975 it was established as a wildlife sanctuary by royal degree.
- Royal gazette No. 92 chapter 87 (Thai only)
- Phu Wua Wildlife Sanctuary - Elephant Watering Hole
- Visit to a Forest Temple Cave in Phu Wua Wildlife Sanctuary
- Elephant watching from a 'tree house'