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- Kotoor, Kerala, India
- Manas NP, Assam, India
- Kaziranga NP, Assam, India
- Bago, Myanmar
- Lampang, Thailand
Kerala is one of the major hubs of Indian elephant training with a rich history of using elephants for logging and for religious festivals and ceremonies. We work with the Neyyar Dam Elephant Sanctuary where the elephants are generally orphaned or injured elephants that are simply unable to be re-introduced into the wild without a herd.
We love the atmosphere of southern India. The trainers have a vastly different method here which is adapted to their environment.
Manas National Park borders with Bhutan along the banks of the mighty Manas River. It’s incredibly diverse national park that has a plethora of birdlife and big cats including Tigers, Leopards (black and spotted) and they now have a Rhino reintroduction program that has seen over 20 Rhino successfully re-introduced to the wild.
Our work here is with the park guards and mahouts that patrol the park on elephants keeping a presence to ward off poachers, for census measures counting the wildlife and as general transport to reduce the requirement for roads and bridges within the park.
Kaziranga is home to the world’s most successful Rhino conservation program and one of India’s most incredible natural assets. With an initial population of 280 Rhino, the park’s Rhino population today is over 3000 individuals and growing. Rhinos from this park that have been (for whatever reason) hand reared are being re-introduced to other national parks, namely Manas National Park.
Our work here is primarily with the park mahouts and guards, ensuring they can continue to monitor and protect the Rhino from poaching. The ability to maintain constant close surveillance on this national park is a large reason behind the success of their conservation efforts.
The Government company Myanmar Timber Enterprise (MTE) has the world’s largest privately owned population of Asian elephants with an approximate population of around 3000 captive elephants. MTE has used their enormous herd for the company’s logging operations with the terrain being too extreme for regular machinery based operations.
MTE have engaged with HELP to develop sustainable and welfare centric methods of working with their elephants.
Thailand has the world’s biggest “Elephant Tourism” industry. People come from all over the world for experiences with these incredibly gentle and tolerant animals.
With the translation of our book “Elephant Friendly Training for Working Elephants” into the Thai language, our work has been supported by the Thai Elephant Conservation Centre (TECC). This involves working with the Royal Stable and the Thai Elephant Institute (TEI). The aim of TEI this is to develop elephant conservation in a sustainable way and preserve local traditions.
Our work here is around the early training of elephants and the reformation of traditional aspects of existing techniques based on submission.
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