Two in Thailand

After raising three children and watching them graduate from college, Bob and Carol decided to leave the educational field and pursue a dream that had been put on hold for 35 years (since graduationg from the University of Northern Iowa). "Two in Thailand" is the journal dedicated to that dream - to serve in the Peace Corps. This is a personal blog. The opinions expressed within do not necessarily represent the views of the Peace Corps or the United States Government.

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Elephant Ownership and Training

Thailand use to have over 100,000 elephants, however, the number has dwindled to 13,000 and they now are on the endangered list. Elephants were used in the logging industry but due to destruction of many forests (rice farming), Thailand has preserved the remaining forests. Depletion of their natural habitat has led to the dwindling numbers. It takes four years to train an elephant and trainers are allowed to keep their elephant until it reaches sixty. During that time the elephant will often out live its first owner and a younger family owner takes care of the elephant. At the age of sixty, the trainer must give the elephant to Thailand's Elephant Conservancy.


At 6:18 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

mj says: I go. Read this phonetically:

pu chi u bon cha.
(Man on elephant)
cha lat look bon.
(Elephant and soccer ball)

I have no idea if I'm close or not on these but it was fun to try applying it to a picture!

At 8:28 PM, Blogger Bob and Carol said...

Phuut pasa Thai gang maak, Mary Jean! Chaang yai maak, jing jing!


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