Elephant Aid International : Projects

Mahout and Elephant Training Initiative (METI)

Location: Thailand, India and Nepal

EAI Mahout Training

 What

Training mahouts and elephant care facilities in the use of Compassionate Elephant Care.
View Video of CEC Training
 
Where
 
1. Elephant Nature Park (ENP) located outside Chiang Mai, Thailand.
  • Number of mahouts: 36
  • Number of elephants: 31, both male and female, ranging in age from one year to 63. All, except for three calves born at the center are rescues from the logging industry, street begging and the tourist trade.

2. Boon Lott’s Elephant Sanctuary (BLES) located in northern Thailand. This center gives elephants access to forest for foraging, day and night.

  • Number of mahouts: 12
  • Number of elephants: 11, both male and female, ranging in age from one year to 55. All are rescues from the logging industry, street begging and the tourist trade.
3. Elephant’s World located outside of Bangkok, Thailand. This relativly new, Thai-run center, is very traditional in management philosophy. The center borders a river and provides elephants access to wild vegetation for foraging during certain times of the year.
  • Number of mahouts: 8
  • Number of elephants: 8, both male and female, ranging in age from 5 to 65 years. All are rescues from the logging industry, street begging and the tourist trade.

View Video of Training Session with young male elephant name Jon recently rescued from street begging in Bangkok.

View Video of Jon Swimming in the river following his training session

4. Wildlife Friends of Thailand (WFFT) located south of Bangkok, Thailand. This center resembles a zoo in design and philosophy.  It is well established and provides a high level of veterinary care for its residents.
  • Number of mahouts: 4
  • Number of elephants: 4 -- one young male and three females. All are rescues from the logging industry, street begging and the tourist trade.

5. Wildlife SOS-India located outside of Delhi, India. It is a well established, well staffed facility with highly competant veterinarians. The elephants are not used for commercial purposes and are not on exhibit for the general public.

  • Number of mahouts: 7
  • Number of elephants: 5 -- two full grown males and three female elephants. All are rescues and housed off chains on a small compound not open to the general pubic.
6. National Trust for Nature Conservation-Biodiversity Conservation Center (NTNC-BCC) located in Chitwan, Nepal. NTNC-BCC differs from the privately owned elephants in Nepal because its resident elephants engage in anti-poaching patrol in Chitwan National Park to protect wild elephants, tigers and Indian rhinos.
 
In collaboration with NTNC-BCC, EAI oversees a self-sustaining Compassionate Elephant Care (CEC) program.
  • Number of mahouts: 15
  • Number of elephants: 6
Learn more about Compassionate Elephant Care
 
View Positive Reinforcement Target Training video, level 1.
 
 
Mahout and Elephant Training Initiative (METI)
EAI will continue to provide Positive Reinforcement Target Training for mahouts and elephants in Asia. A Positive Reinforcement Target Training instructional video has been produced for distribution to mahouts. Established programs in Thailand and Nepal will continue and be monitored to document evidence of the success of the technique. Permanently located satellite training centers will be developed to provide PRTT to mahouts, the goal being self sustainable centers, staffed by graduates of EAI’s training program.