The gaur population in Kui Buri National Park in Prachaup Khiri Khan province is still at risk of extinction due to inbreeding and a possible re-occurrence of a disease outbreak that has killed 29 wild gaurs since last year, experts say.
Kanita Ouitavon, chief of the Wildlife Forensic Science Unit of the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation, said the genetic haplotype diversity found in gaurs in Kui Buri National Park is low. That's seen as a dangerous sign of inbreeding among the gaur population.
Haplotypes are a set of DNA sequences passed down from parents to offspring. Genetic changes in offspring can be tracked by comparing their haplotypes to those of their parents.
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