Shielding the sanctuary
The chief of the Thung Yai Naresuan Wildlife Sanctuary has handled tremendous pressure to rise to the top in a man's world, but all the while her main focus has been on following the example of revered conservationist Sueb Nakhasathien
For Weraya O-chakull, breaking through the gender barrier involved picking up a gun and learning how to use it.
STILL RUNNING WILD: Thung Yai chief Weraya O-chakull by Nam Chone rapids, once designated the site of a huge dam before the late conservationist Sueb Nakhasathien led a successful campaign to scrap the project. (Photo by Sayan Chuenudomsavad)
She recalled how, years ago, as the leader of a crime suppression and patrol team at Phu Mieng Phu Thong Wildlife Sanctuary in Phitsanulok province, she and some subordinates were surrounded by angry protestors and one of her men asked her whether or not she had a gun. She realised then and there that she must do whatever was necessary to be prepared for any situation.
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