Protecting And Reintroducing Asian Elephants Into The Forests Of Northern Thailand

To help remove Elephants from the being exploited in tourist camps and bringing them back to Forest

  • Chiang Mai, Northern Thailand
  • GVI Chiang Mai Team, info@gvitrust,.org

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This project enables mahouts and their elephants to live back in their home community in Huay Pakoot, a Karen community in Northern Thailand. By running this project it means that these elephants and their mahouts are offered an alternative livelihood away from working in the tourist camps and street begging. GVI Chiang Mai have partnered with the mahouting village of Huay Pakoot and work alongside them in reintegrating the elephants back into the forest as well as improving livelihoods and job opportunities for community members.

Street begging and working in tourist camps significantly reduces the life expectancy of these endangered species. It diminishes their high cultural importance and places individuals in inhumane living conditions. Working elephants are waiting to join our forest reintegration program and funds are needed to facilitate this. Mahouts and owners join our education and alternative livelihoods program along with their elephants to ensure they have a sustainable alternative form of work.

Living in the forest has a dramatic effect on the elephants, increasing their mental, physical health and their life expectancy. We take data on the elephants to understand their behaviour and help mitigate human/elephant conflict. We track the behaviour of the elephants once they are reintegrated to the forest. Teaching children about elephants, conservation and involve the community by volunteers staying in local homestays and teaching villagers English so they can interact with each other.

Increase and promote ethical elephant tourism by allowing volunteers to come and stay in the village of Huay Pakoot. By promoting this form of tourism, we will increase the demand and encourage similar companies to spring up where the elephants are able to roam freely in the forest. We work with the village creating a self-sustaining eco-tourism project that they have ownership of. This provides income for the villagers and allows the elephants’ mahouts to stay with them instead of living apart.

This project enables mahouts and their elephants to live back in their home community in Huay Pakoot, a Karen community in Northern Thailand. By running this project it means that these elephants and their mahouts are offered an alternative livelihood away from working in the tourist camps and street begging. GVI Chiang Mai have partnered with the mahouting village of Huay Pakoot and work alongside them in reintegrating the elephants back into the forest as well as improving livelihoods and job opportunities for community members.

Street begging and working in tourist camps significantly reduces the life expectancy of these endangered species. It diminishes their high cultural importance and places individuals in inhumane living conditions. Working elephants are waiting to join our forest reintegration program and funds are needed to facilitate this. Mahouts and owners join our education and alternative livelihoods program along with their elephants to ensure they have a sustainable alternative form of work.

Living in the forest has a dramatic effect on the elephants, increasing their mental, physical health and their life expectancy. We take data on the elephants to understand their behaviour and help mitigate human/elephant conflict. We track the behaviour of the elephants once they are reintegrated to the forest. Teaching children about elephants, conservation and involve the community by volunteers staying in local homestays and teaching villagers English so they can interact with each other.

Increase and promote ethical elephant tourism by allowing volunteers to come and stay in the village of Huay Pakoot. By promoting this form of tourism, we will increase the demand and encourage similar companies to spring up where the elephants are able to roam freely in the forest. We work with the village creating a self-sustaining eco-tourism project that they have ownership of. This provides income for the villagers and allows the elephants’ mahouts to stay with them instead of living apart.

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