As Singto is joining the GVI mahout team with his elephant, Khum Suk, in June 2013, training was provided for Singto to get some hands on medical training with elephant vets at the Thailand Elephant Conservation Center. Mahouts in Karen elephant raising villages often learn from the elders and use traditional methods of elephant care and remedies for treatment. Although these methods are helpful, sometimes more advanced medical intervention is needed and it is important that mahouts have exposure to both to properly care for their elephants, particularly in such a remote setting.
Capacity building is an important part of GVI’s work in local communities. Funds earmarked for this purpose will go towards providing mahouts and elephant owners with training opportunities to better their understanding and abilities to provide excellent care for their elephants. The training opportunities also expose them to the bigger picture of elephant care and conservation in Thailand allow them to learn from area professionals.
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