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Thailand | Rangers in Ta Phraya NP battle rosewood poachers that feed Chinese markets

TA PHRAYA NATIONAL PARK, Thailand — The rangers walked for hours in almost complete silence through the dense Thai forest, never speaking above a whisper. Even in the early morning, the leaves were dripping with wet heat.

The scout in front scanned the landscape for signs of a criminal presence in a protected park — a sneaker footprint in the moist dirt, an old whiskey bottle tossed aside, ammunition left behind. Even a cracked twig on the path could mean their quarry was dangerously close.

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