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  • Tom 9:28 pm on December 1, 2009 Permalink
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    ‘Happy Faces’ for jumbos: Move elephants from Bangkok’s mean streets to natural habitats 

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    Thailand elephants: photo: Bohdan Szcześniak

    Scenes of hungry, unemployed elephants wandering the crowded streets of Bangkok begging for food and money from tourists and urbanites may soon be a memory after the Thai capital’s municipal government—the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration, (the BMA or City Hall)—recently kicked off strict new measures to ban the elephants from the streets and enlist help from the Provincial Administrative Organisation in the northeastern province of Surin, home to large numbers of both pachyderms and their handlers, the mahouts, in an attempt to find a lasting and sustainable solution to the problem.

    Following City Hall’s Elephant Smile Project, the Returning Elephant to its Homeland project was launched to help shelter wandering elephants in the capital. Over 7,000 rai of land (some 2,800 acres) at the Elephant Studies Centre in Surin’s Tha Tum district, is now home to wandering elephants after the centre received a government budget of 22 million baht (US$660,000). (More …)

  • Tom 5:53 pm on October 28, 2009 Permalink
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    Thailand-Switzerland to collaborate on educational exchange 

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    Thailand and Switzerland are preparing to collaborate on educational exchange programs with an emphasis on hotel and tourism, according to Education Minister, Jurin Laksanawisit.

    The minister recently was scheduled to meet and discuss the issue with Ambassador to the Swiss Confederation, Her Excellency Christine Schraner Burgener. He said both Thailand and Switzerland agreed to provide more exchange programs allowing students to transfer their credits in hotel and tourism related subjects while grade certification should be made by educational institutions of both countries. (More …)

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