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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. 

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March 9, 2019

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"After 45 minutes we found a herd of 11 elephants. This family is one that often is within the area. It has 9 females (3 sub adult and 6 adult) and 2 infant males.
The difference between these elephants and the three we had seen the night before was striking. They were calm, collected and completely not bothered by our presence.

For people who manage elephants these are an excellent example; they are calm, moving slowly and have an air of confidence that you don't see with captive...

March 7, 2019

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"We visited a rubber farm torn done by a herd of females passing through. Rubber is not normally eaten by elephants but here it was, approximately 200 destroyed trees!
The farmers in this area seemed like they had resigned to the elephants being there, after many years of crop raiding they seem tired of being angry and work around the elephants the best they can. It doesn't help that there is 0 land titles in this area and they are pretty much all squatting on...

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