Just thought Id let you know some further news. Before I flew back to Delhi, I had lunch with my old friend in Guwahati, Kaushik Baruah. Kaushik has elephants of his own and last time I was t his place we foundation-trained his young female Rohila. Kaushik was happy to tell me that Rohila is a perfect example of HELP's training method. Kaushik is keen to help me with our next venture in Assam.
Today is our final day of training for this workshop and WTI (Wildlife Trust of India) had arranged a feast to celebrate the workshop, at the mahout’s quarters – a robust building on stilts to avoid the annual monsoon flooding. There the 13 or so mahouts cooked us an Assamese specialty - a great spicy lunch of various curries and rice cooked in overly large pans on pit fires.
Today’s training session began with the appearance of the second elephant we were supposed to be training during this workshop however this particular elephant, Raku, never turned up on previous days owing to the various interruptions of the bull elephant.
Day four already, and thankfully the bull stayed away and the park settled into a more relaxed state again.
Andrew's blog: Day 3 Today was another day of both triumph and chaos. This wild bull just won’t leave us alone, there’s obviously a female here that he wont let…
Today is day 2 and session 2 and it was day of mixed blessings. A wild bull strolled into the elephant precinct, causing quite a commotion.
Andrew and I arrived at Kohora, Assam in far North Eastern India last night for Andrew's third elephant training workshop, and its straight down to business this morning.