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Amy’s Remarkable Encounter: Black Panthers Spotted in Kaeng Krachan National Park

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Two elusive black panthers were sighted in the dense wilderness of Kaeng Krachan National Park in Phetchaburi, captured in a remarkable photograph taken by an unsuspecting tourist from inside her car. The fortunate woman, named Amy, stumbled upon these enigmatic creatures while making her way to Khao Phanoen Thung, an imposing forested mountain within the park.

In an unexpected twist of fate, Amy’s keen eyes spotted the rare sight, prompting her to halt her vehicle and seize the moment with her camera. An impromptu stop turned into an extraordinary opportunity as Amy managed to take both pictures and videos of the two majestic panthers. Her car seemed to have no effect on the bold felines, as they exhibited no fear and continued to roam around before stealthily vanishing into the thick foliage.

The story quickly caught wind, with Mr. Somjate Jantana, the director of the Protected Areas Regional Office 3, confirming the veracity of the encounter. On Wednesday, he shared details about Amy’s incredible experience, cementing it as a notable event for nature enthusiasts and wildlife conservationists alike.

The sensational video footage was subsequently shared on the national park’s official Facebook page on Tuesday, sparking widespread intrigue and excitement among followers. This wasn’t the first encounter of its kind, but it certainly added to the allure of Kaeng Krachan National Park.

Earlier this year, in January and February, other visitor groups had also reported sightings of a black panther while traveling towards the same famed mountain. These recurring appearances have sparked curiosity and further study among naturalists and researchers.

Data collected from extensive research conducted between 2013 and 2023 has indicated a notable presence of approximately 10 black panthers and leopards in the regions surrounding Khao Phanoen Thung. Wildlife camera traps have been instrumental in documenting these magnificent yet elusive animals, providing insights into their habits and population.

Visitors to the park are advised to exercise caution and refrain from leaving their vehicles upon encountering these splendid creatures. Remaining still and observing from a safe distance not only ensures personal safety but also respects the natural behavior of the panthers and leopards.

While capturing photos of these wild denizens is a thrilling prospect, it’s imperative for visitors to adhere to safety guidelines. Stepping out of the car to get a closer shot can be dangerous and disruptive to the wildlife. The park officials continuously emphasize the importance of maintaining a harmonious balance between human curiosity and wildlife conservation.

Amy’s unforgettable experience serves as a tantalizing reminder of the park’s rich biodiversity and the unexpected wonders it harbors. Nature, in all its unpredictability, often gifts us with moments of sheer amazement, reinforcing the need for respectful coexistence and continued preservation of our wild landscapes.


  1. Joe June 19, 2024

    Wow, spotting black panthers in the wild must be incredible! Kudos to Amy for her amazing photos!

    • Alice B. June 19, 2024

      Indeed, Joe! But I hope people don’t start flocking there and disturbing the wildlife.

      • Joe June 19, 2024

        Absolutely, Alice. It’s crucial to respect their habitat. Conservation is key!

    • PantherLover92 June 19, 2024

      Is it just me, or does anyone else think we should restrict human access to these parks to protect the animals?

      • Amy June 19, 2024

        As the person who took the photos, I agree. We need to find a balance between human curiosity and wildlife safety.

      • Jonny D June 19, 2024

        Restricting access might be too extreme. Maybe stricter regulations would be better.

        • PantherLover92 June 19, 2024

          Fair point, Jonny. But it’s frustrating when people don’t follow the rules.

  2. Samantha F June 19, 2024

    It’s amazing how these creatures remain so elusive even today.

    • Dan the Man June 19, 2024

      Samantha, that’s because they are apex predators and masters of camouflage. Total respect for them!

      • Ronnie June 19, 2024

        Camouflage is one thing, but they need large territories to thrive. Human encroachment is a real threat.

  3. Larry D June 19, 2024

    This is why I always tell people: Nature has more to offer than any city!

    • CityGal89 June 19, 2024

      I love nature, but not everyone can or wants to live near wildlife. Cities have their advantages too.

      • Jack June 19, 2024

        True, but city life often distances us from where we came from – nature.

  4. Grower134 June 19, 2024

    Shouldn’t there be more focus on protecting these animals instead of just capturing their photos?

  5. Tina P June 19, 2024

    As amazing as this story is, I feel like we’re invading their space. Humans need to back off a bit.

  6. ExplorerTom June 19, 2024

    I disagree, Tina. If it weren’t for these stories and photos, many wouldn’t realize these animals exist and might not support conservation efforts.

    • Tina P June 19, 2024

      Good point, Tom. But there’s a thin line between awareness and exploitation.

    • Joe June 19, 2024

      Awareness definitely leads to more funding and support for conservation, which is necessary.

  7. Lars June 19, 2024

    Seeing these beautiful animals in the wild must be a surreal experience. I envy Amy!

    • NatureNut June 19, 2024

      Agreed, Lars! But let’s not forget that their survival is more important than our thrills.

  8. Chris R June 19, 2024

    Why is everyone making such a big deal out of this? It’s just two animals in the park where they live.

  9. Sarah K June 19, 2024

    Chris, these sightings are rare and mean a lot for biodiversity and the health of the ecosystem.

  10. EducatorJan June 19, 2024

    This is a fantastic educational moment. Children should learn about these creatures and how important it is to protect them.

    • DinoKid June 20, 2024

      I want to see a black panther too! They are like the coolest animals ever!

      • EducatorJan June 20, 2024

        They sure are! Just remember to always respect nature and keep your distance for safety.

  11. Ron W June 20, 2024

    I hope they increase patrols in the park. Poachers might be tempted by news like this.

    • EcoRanger June 20, 2024

      Ron, that’s a valid concern. Increased visibility leads to interest, which can be both good and bad.

    • Amy June 20, 2024

      I had the same fear when sharing the photos, but awareness is so crucial. The park authorities seemed committed to protection.

  12. Mandee June 20, 2024

    I feel conflicted. More tourists mean more income for the park, but it also means more disturbance to the wildlife.

    • GreenThumb June 20, 2024

      Mandee, that’s always the challenge with eco-tourism. Balance is key, but it’s difficult to achieve.

    • Joey farmer June 20, 2024

      Perhaps there should be limited visitation days or areas to minimize the impact.

  13. SkepticSam June 20, 2024

    How do we know these photos weren’t staged? It’s easy to manipulate images these days.

  14. PhotoExpert June 20, 2024

    SkepticSam, wildlife photography can be tricky to fake. Especially with the video evidence. Trust but verify, always.

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