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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...

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...

May 27, 2018

I was so excited to see an elephant!

In reality it was all so different.

After a 2 hour journey  we arrived at an elephant 'camp', to find one lonely elephant. It was around 12.30 on a Indian summer day, and for those of you who haven't travelled to India, it gets pretty darn HOT!

The single elephant was in the shade wagging his rugged tale, looking very hot & frustrated, despite this the mahout was super keen to get us on board and told us we were in for a great ride!...

September 12, 2016

Written Dec 2015

When you first arrive in Thailand, one of the things that will strike you is the amount of advertisements for elephant trekking, it is everywhere! You will see hundreds of Elephant camps with flyers promoting elephant riding, shows, mahout training, mud and river bathing and feeding.

There are two options with elephant riding, most camps offering it with the saddle on the back as this enables them to accommodate more tourists and therefore bring in more money. Although th...

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