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Gurney’s pitta Timelines in Thailand

1875 Gurney’s pitta ( Pitta gurneyi ) discovered in Thailand and Burma (Mayanma) by Davidson and Hoom.
1952 A female specimen of Gurney’s pitta was collected in Prajuab Khirikhun Province (upper southern Thailand) by the pricipal of Pince Royal College.
1985 At least 39 pairs of Gurney’s pitta rediscovered in the area of Khao Nor Chu-chi lowland rainforest in Krabi Province (western coast of lower southern Thailand) by Phillip D. Round and Uthai Treesukhon.
1987 Thailand’s Royal Foresty Department had registered and annouced some parts of Khao Nor Chu-chi lowland rainforest to be The Khao Pra – Bang Khram Restricted & Banned Area of Wildlife Hunting.
1990 The Khao Nor Chu-chi Lowland Forest Project was established with the coopration between The Royal Foresty Department and The Conservation Biology Center of Mahidol University.
1992 The survey have found 21 pairs of Gurney’s pitta in Khao Nor Chu-chi lowland rainforest and this species was accounted as one of the 15 national conserve animals.
1993 The former Khao Pra – Bang Khram Restricted & Banned Area of Wildlife Hunting was re-assigned as The Khao Pra – Bang Khram Wildlife Sanctuary.
1999 The Khao Nor Chu-chi Lowland Forest Project was finished.
2000 Informal survey at Khao Nor Chu-chi lowland rainforest has found 12 pairs of Gurney’s pitta.
2002 The Memorandum (MOU) for 5-year work for the conservation of Gurney’s pitta in Thailand was established and signed between Thailand’s Royal Foresty Department, The Bird Conservation Society of Thailand (BCST) and The Royal Society for the Protection of Bird from (RSPB) U.K. In late 2002, a workshop meeting for the development of The Gurney’s Pitta Species Recovery Plan was carried out among key stakeholders: government officers, local villagers and both local and international non-government conservation organizations.
2003 The action work plans for The Gurney’s Pitta Species Recovery Plan were created and started to carry out in all related fields: research and study, environmental education, local participation and social work, as well as, project promotion.