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  • Tom 9:36 pm on December 1, 2009 Permalink
    Tags: , elephant, , , Ko Phraya Petch, , Lop Buri River, natural habitat, , Posing Thai Elephants, Royal Elephant Kraal, ,   

    Ko Phraya Petch: a refuge for ferocious elephants 

    2 elephants bathing, crystal clear sea, white sand, wild jungle

    2 elephants bathing, crystal clear sea, white sand, wild jungle: Flickr.com

    Ferocious killer elephants have been capturing headlines–and public wonder–in Thailand’s local news, but the reasons for the mounting numbers of elephants with an attitude–just why they have become ferocious, is not clear. However, in Thailand’s central Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya province, there is an ancient sanctuary founded long ago dedicated solely to provide shelter to calm the spirits of disturbed elephants and to provide them a grounding place to live quietly.

    Not only is this elephant shelter, the so-called ‘Ko Phraya Petch’, for brutal elephants, but next to it is Ayutthaya province’s Royal Elephant Kraal, where others including the most recent killer elephant called ‘Natalie’ are looked after. (More …)

  • Tom 9:28 pm on December 1, 2009 Permalink
    Tags: , , , , City of Angels, credit, , elephant, , , , , historic, , , street, , , , , , , urbanites   

    ‘Happy Faces’ for jumbos: Move elephants from Bangkok’s mean streets to natural habitats 

    Thailand elephants

    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 1:35 pm on November 28, 2009 Permalink
    Tags: Award, elephant, , Foundation, , , Prostheses Foundation, , , weight   

    The first time in the world for a prosthesis for elephant 

    In recent incidents, two elephants have stepped on landmines causing them to lose a leg each. Although this is not a common event the Elephants Friend Foundation in Lampang province and related parties have an idea to aid unfortunate elephants.

    To leave the disabled elephants with only 3 legs would cause them a lot of distress due to the weight of elephant. Its remaining legs would not support its whole weight and their may be some deformity of the remaining legs. (More …)

  • Tom 1:23 pm on October 31, 2009 Permalink
    Tags: , , , Arts and Crafts Center, , , , , elephant, , , , , , traditional activities   

    The six grand episodes in Surin Elephant Roundup 

    Ayutthaya province today kicks off its Ancient Capital Loy Krathong Festival to run until 2 November.

    Loy Krathong revelers in Bangkok and its vicinities may travel to Ayutthaya’s Bang Sai Arts and Crafts Center to take part in the “Ancient Capital Loy Krathong Festival” which starts today. The center will host an array of traditional activities and goods alongside the annual celebration of Loy Krathong. (More …)

  • Tom 5:45 pm on September 3, 2009 Permalink
    Tags: , , Bangkok streets, , elephant, , , , , Thai elephant, Thai elephants, , timber   

    Artificial insemination projects to increase elephant population 

    photo: Bohdan Szcześniak

    photo: Bohdan Szcześniak

    The elephant population in Thailand has decreased to less than 5,000 as they have been abandoned and left uncared. Concern authorities have made efforts to increase the huge animal’s population through artificial insemination projects.

    Phang Sommai is the latest casualty at the Elephant Conservation Centre in northern Lampang province. Her palms were seriously injured and she cannot walk.

    Phang Sommai’s injuries highlight the plight of Thai elephants. Some lost their legs after stepping on landmines while dragging timber in the forest. Many others were wounded by cars while roaming Bangkok’s streets as a result of their mahouts’ exploitation. (More …)

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