October 17 Jonna and I arrived at the elephant camp in the National Park at 6.30 am. This morning’s training is our last in Assam, as we head to the…
The great thing about the husbandry of these Government Forestry elephants is that they live in the National Park. They are set free during the night and in the morning they return. They breed this way, the females finding a wild bull in musth when necessary. So this morning Dada was nowhere to be found. He was somewhere within 10 kilometers of forest so a party was sent out to retrieve him. (He arrived of his own accord in the afternoon).
October 13 Today is our day of travel from one corner of India to the other in 14 hours. We left our hotel at 4.30 am and then flew from…
Because things had been going so well and because of the possibility of our routines becoming stale, I decided that in the afternoon we should take both elephants on a ridden safari to the grazing grounds where they could freely graze for an hour or two. So we headed out, the two elephants with their mahouts aboard and the 15 or so mahouts and trainers on foot..
The Assam - Kerala dichotomy in elephant training and management is like the French and German divide in horse training, only 10 fold deeper. So Kerala is a new frontier. This 7day workshop at the Neyyar Wildlife Sanctuary is therefore the first one here in the state of Kerala, and today is demo day where I show the workshop participants and few dignitaries an example of our training.
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.
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