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09 August 2009 :: 19:08:29 pm 33217

Mahout Training Kicks Off To Preserve Elephants

LAMPANG, Aug 9- Thailand's National Elephant Institute on Sunday launched a training programme for mahouts across the country in an attempt to raise elephant quality of life and help preserve the decreasing population of the huge animal.
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The training is co-sponsored by the National Elephant Institute, the Forest Industry Organization (FIO) and Asia House Foundation and is being held at the Thai Elephant Conservation Center in Lampang province.

Boonlert Srisuksai, FIO deputy director, said that 170 Thai mahouts across the kingdom, as well as a number of mahouts from the neighbouring Lao PDR attended the training which covers how to feed elephants for a better quality of life as well as how to provide an initial and appropriate medical treatment for the animal.

He said the mahouts who attended the training will also be informed about law regarding elephants, safe transport of elephants and the elephants life cycle, as well as how to handle the situation when the elephant is in rut, ready for mating.


Mr Boonlert said that the mahouts will have a better understanding on how to take care of their elephants properly.

As accidents occur frequently with Thai elephants, said Mr Boonlert, the training will help reduce the elephant death toll as mahouts better know how to treat them in the initial stages.


The FIO deputy director expressed concern that the population of Thai elephants has decreased dramatically to 5,000, at present, down from 100,000 animals in the past.


“If we do not quickly launch a campaign to save the Thai elephants, the species will become extinct soon,” said Mr Boonlert. (TNA)

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : Thailand News

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