Boonsong Lekagul

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Boonsong Lekagul (15 December 1907 – 9 February 1992) was a Thai medical doctor, biologist, ornithologist, herpetologist,[1] and conservationist.

He was born at Songkhla in southern Thailand and received a medical degree from Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok in 1933. In 1935 he established Thailand’s first polyclinic in Bangkok. At first a keen hunter, he became a strong conservationist as he saw Thailand’s forests and wildlife becoming fragmented and destroyed. In 1952 he founded the Association for the Conservation of Wildlife. In the mid-1950s, he and the ACW lobbied for a bird sanctuary on the banks of the Chao Phraya River to protect the only known nesting site in Thailand of the openbill stork. In 1962 he founded the Bangkok Bird Club (the Bird Conservation Society of Thailand since 1993) and worked actively with the International Council for Bird Preservation and the World Wildlife Fund.

Eponymous species[edit]

Several species and subspecies are named after Boonsong Lekagul in honour of his work as naturalist and conservationist:



Works authored or coauthored by him include:

  • Lekagul, Boonsong. (1968). Bird Guide of Thailand. (Illustrated by the author).
  • Lekagul, Boonsong. (1969). Monitors (Varanus) of Thailand. Conservation News of S.E. Asia 8: 31-32.
  • Lekagul, Boonsong; Cronin, Paul. (1974). Bird Guide of Thailand. (2nd edition). (Illustrated by the senior author). Bangkok: Association for the Conservation of Wildlife.
  • Lekagul, Boonsong; Askins, Karen; Nabhitabhata, Jarujinta; Samruadit, Aroon. (1977). Fieldguide to the Butterflies of Thailand. Bangkok: Association for the Conservation of Wildlife.
  • Lekagul, Boonsong; McNeely, Jeffrey A. (1977). Mammals of Thailand.
  • Lekagul, Boonsong; Round, Philip D. (1991). A Guide to the Birds of Thailand. (Illustrated by Mongkol Wongkalasin and Kamol Komolphalin). Thailand: Saha Karn Bhaet Co. ISBN 974-85673-6-2


  • McClure, H. Elliott. (1993). In Memoriam: Boonsong Lekagul, 1907-1992. Auk 110(1): 128.
  1. ^ Boelens, Bo; Watkins, Michael; Grayson, Michael. (2011). The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press. xiii + 296 pp. ISBN 978-1-4214-0135-5. ("Boonsong", p. 31).
  2. ^ The Reptile Database.

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