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KIS Grade 8 at Khao Yai (February 2013)

4 – 8 February 2013

Exploring the Rainforest ecosystem of Khao Yai National Park

For a group of Grade 8 students from KIS in Bangkok, the rainforest became home for a week in February. The ground became their bed when they camped, the grasslands and forests their playgrounds, and their own creativity determined their entertainment.

The group got right back to basics for two nights, erecting their tents and cooking their own food over camping stoves – and some impressive gourmet dishes were produced, as well as some slightly charred attempts …

To explore the rainforest ecosystem, we undertook several hikes in the different habitats of Khao Yai, through the grassland, rainforest and along the river to Haew Suwat waterfall, culminating in an afternoon of community service for the group maintaining the salt licks in the park. This was an excellent way for the group to understand fully the importance of the national park and how much of an impact humans have on it.

The highlight of the week was the diversity of wildlife spotted. Elephants, gibbons, hornbills, deer, crocodiles, porcupines, civets and macaques all put in appearances to make this a truly unforgettable week in Khao Yai!

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