You might be wondering about the wildlife in Khao Sok. Monkeys and hornbills are the most common animals that you’ll see. There are a lot of different hornbill species in the area, and there is a chance that you might even catch a glimpse of the Great Hornbill, which as a massive wingspan.
You can hear a loud whooshing noise as this creature flies by. It’s also very common to see medium-sized pied hornbills. These animals all feature an ungainly appearance, which consists of a yellow curved beak with a white and black body. As for the monkeys, there are four different types.
You can see long-tailed macaques, langurs, pig-tailed macaques and stump-tailed macaques. Another simian that lives in the area is the white-handed gibbon. It’s easy to hear this animal performing its call from within the mountains.
A nocturnal, cute creature is the slow loris. If you happen to go on a Larn lake trip, you can see monkeys, gibbons, hornbills, fish eagles and otters. The Khao Sok wildlife tour gives you plenty of chances to view Asian bison, sambar deer and wild elephants.
What about the Jungle?
Although many travelers believe otherwise, the jungle is actually quite harmless, and there is a good chance that it’s even safer than your typical city streets. Like humans, animals tend to avoid danger automatically because of their instincts, which is what makes the jungle quite safe.
However, many jungles are filled with predators, and the jungles of Khao Sok are no exception. Although regular and king cobras can be found in the jungle, they’re rare in Khao Sok National Park. Travelers are rarely bitten by cobras. Unless they feel particularly threatened, snakes will avoid humans.
Most other animals tend to do the same. It’s not uncommon to find scorpions inside of rotting wood. The sting from a scorpion hurts and can last for an entire day, but fortunately, scorpion stings don’t cause death.
Stinging nettles are unexpected predators, and there are multiple varieties of nettles. A single touch from a stinging nettle can cause severe itching, pain and discomfort. Most of these predators aren’t present on the wildlife trail, and the guides have no trouble spotting and avoiding them.
About The Monkeys
There are four different species of monkeys in Khao Sok. In the Jungle House, the long-tailed macaque is the most common type of money. It has a brown color and travels in groups of up to 20 monkeys. These monkeys can be seen all over the area, and unlike some other species, they’re not shy.
It’s not uncommon for these monkeys to swing right through the trees near the house. They like to frequent the fruit orchard, which is just past the clubhouse.
Deep inside of the jungle, stump-tailed and pig-tailed macaques aren’t uncommon; these monkeys can be very aggressive, so it’s best to avoid trying to be friends with them. The upper canopy of the jungle is filled with dusky langurs, which are also known as leaf monkeys.
These animals are a blackish-grey color, and when compared with the typical macaque, these monkeys are very shy. Leaf monkeys have light-colored fur around their eyes, which makes them appear to be wearing spectacles. It’s not uncommon to see leaf monkeys playing on cliffs in the area.
About The Gibbons
Foreigners will have trouble seeing the gibbon because its primary home is far up in the canopy. However, it’s not too difficult to hear the song that the gibbon sings, which consists of many falling and rising whoops. The gibbon sings its song to communicate with its family and mark territory.
A typical gibbon can live for about 25 years, and it’s a monogamous mammal that forms lifetime bonds. It’s useful to know that gibbons are actually members of the ape family; many foreigners mistake them for monkeys.
The biggest difference between a gibbon and monkey is that the gibbon has no tail. Gibbons have long arms, so they have no trouble swinging through tree branches.
While primates are known for jumping between branches, gibbons can brachiate as fast as 35 miles per hour. A gibbon can also travel as much as 30 feet with a single swing.
About The Gaur
Another spectacular animal is the gaur. Also known as the Asian Bison, this animal is a wild buffalo and has horns that are thick and curved. Weighing in at over one ton, the gaur has white ankles and feet, which look almost exactly like socks.
It has a very tough frontal ridge and sharp horns and uses these features to kill other animals almost instantly. Due to its powerful defenses, tigers and leopards seldom attack the Asian bison. If possible, most gaurs will avoid conflict.
The hornbill is an ancient bird, and it usually resides inside of mature forests. The fact that foreigners can still see this bird at the resort shows how intact our Jungle House is.
While hornbills have a slightly awkward appearance, their beautiful yellow beak is stunning to look at. In the Khao Sok national park, there are nine different varieties of hornbill. The trees around the property are usually filled with four different species of hornbill.
With a massive wingspan of roughly two meters, the Great Hornbill is truly a spectacle. The Oriental Pied is also quite common, and it’s a smaller type of hornbill. Foreigners can visit our resort and see the greatest number of hornbills from October through February.
In the Khao Sok national park, there are 12 types of kingfishers. They like to hang out around the river, and they’re commonly perched on the branches that sit above the water. Kingfishers can be seen in many different colors. Some sport a rusty reddish color while others are bright blue.
Kingfishers eat insects, frogs, crabs and fish. Kingfishers will quickly swallow insects and small fish, but they need to beat larger fish on a rail or bough before eating them. Kingfishers are also known to toss fish into the air before eating them.
It’s true that there are many sounds to be heard in the forest. However, one of the loudest sounds comes from cicadas. They produce a shrill humming sound, and when compared with other insects, they’re quite large.
Cicadas can be recognized by their transparent wings and large, compound eyes. Out of the many different insects in Khao Sok, cicadas are the most recognized because of their acoustic abilities.
The cicada has a drum-like membrane on both sides of its body, and it produces its humming sound by vibrating these drums. When heard at close range, a cicada’s love call can be as loud as a car horn.