Back to Nature: The Strategic Reintroduction of the Red Junglefowl Into the Wild
On Wednesday, January 10, 2024, Kasetsart University proudly participated in a significant soft release event, reintroducing red junglefowl to their native habitats. This event, part of a broader project focused on the conservation, breeding, and population increase of red junglefowl and the Siam Chicken Bioresource Project (SCBP), took place at Khao Khram Deer Open Park in Phatthalung. It was conducted under the expert guidance of the Department of National Parks, Wildlife, and Plant Conservation, marking a milestone in wildlife conservation efforts.
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Apisit Songsasen, the Dean of the Faculty of Science, and Assoc. Prof. Dr. Kornsorn Srikulnath, the Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Science at Kasetsart University, led the initiative. They were joined by Mr. Jakkrin Taepaisitpong, a CSR advisor, and Mr. Sommart Kliangsong, AVP of Livestock Production and Chairman of CSR activities in the Southern area at Betagro Public Company Limited. Mr. Phichet Thapanawat, the Director of Songkhla Zoo, Mr. Wivek Suk-iad, the Head of the Department of Animal Care, and Mr. Prach Kongthong, a Forestry Technical Officer (Professional Level), also participated.
The event marked the soft release of genetically tested red junglefowl, ready to thrive again in their natural habitat. This initiative, part of the Siam Chicken Bioresource Project (SCBP), aims to bolster red junglefowl conservation, breeding, and population growth. The project enhances natural resources and biodiversity, making a significant genetic contribution. Aligning with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) principles, and the vision of the Conference of the Parties (COP28), it promotes sustainable immunity within ecosystems. This collaborative effort strengthens food security for humans and the diverse species in nature, showcasing a model for sustainable wildlife management and conservation.