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August 26, 2019

While walking at Tiger Tops near the day’s end I emerged from the scrub by the river’s bend There were two baby elephants having fun. Silhouetted in front of the setting sun...

July 22, 2019

History of the Zoo! 

Zoos originated from menageries, an eclectic collection of mostly exotic animals often housed by powerful empires or people. These menageries symbolised wealth and power, as they often boasted large, dangerous and foreign creatures demonstrating a high degree of skill and capabilities needed for acquisition. These menageries evolved over time into the more contemporary zoos that we recognise today, after 17th century academics’ studies began to appreciate the nature...

April 14, 2019

In Karen hill-tribes, people have worked alongside elephants for thousands of years. Young male ‘mahouts’ (elephant keepers) will be partnered with an elephant and a bond will be created, limiting the dependence on tools for control. Over several years, a long-term relationship and mutual respect is established, where commands become the main form of control and interaction. In most cases a bullhook will still be carried for safety purposes, for both elephant and man. 

There has been a l...

January 13, 2019

Today it is widely known amongst Western tourists that riding an elephant is usually not ok! Many tourists are now choosing to avoid riding but still want that special interaction with elephants so choose to opt for bathing or walking in the forest. But what these unsuspecting tourists may not know is that the elephants might still be receiving a jab with a hidden nail to maintain close control and once the tourists return to the City, the elephants may be chained to the same post for 1...

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