End of Myanmar’s first chapter | Andrews Blog

Our final day with the mahouts and elephants in Myanmar began with the region’s Minister for Natural Resources, Forests and Environmental Conservation Mr. U Kyaw Min San and the Ambassador to Sri Lanka. This gave us the chance to present both the Minister and the Ambassador with my book, Elephant-Friendly Training For Working Elephants.

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Assam shows signs of change | Andrews Blog

When we reached the mahout camp, we were told that there were 2 three-year-old elephant calves with their mothers that would arrive from the jungle for us to begin our training. One female called Neela and a male called Monish. In the meantime the mahouts spent time cutting up sugar cane into bite-sized chunks to be used as food rewards, with a few bananas thrown in as well.

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Hasthisiksha!

There were 23 mahouts who arrived for the workshop. Our first task was to find out how much of what they had learned last time had been remembered and utilised. It was encouraging to hear senior mahouts who had been training the traditional way for such a long time telling of their success with using combined reinforcement (mix of positive and negative reinforcement.

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