The guides, who received certification on 11 July, are available to guide all wildlife-based activities in and around Khao Sok National Park in southern Thailand.
The focus was on improving English skills, group leadership, knowledge of flora and fauna, safety standards, first aid, confidence building, and initiative. The training took two months, with up to three days of each week allocated for training. Each guide completed 200 hours of training.
"It has always been my dream to share this forest with visitors, and now I have the skills to make this dream a reality," said graduate Viphada Jitsom. "The training had many surprises, such as rescuing a mountain goat from a hunter's trap."
The certificates were presented by the Surat Thani Local Guide Association. The training initiative, by the Khao Sok Jungle Academy had financial support from Khiri Travel, Andaman Discoveries and Our Jungle House.
The pictures below (all by nature photographer Nick Grady-Grot) show the certificate presentation and the guide training process.