Nearly one in three Asian elephants live in captivity—about 15,000 in all. The existence of such a large captive population of this endangered, intelligent, and long-living animal poses a number of ethical and practical challenges, but also some opportunities. Asian elephants, like most land-based megafauna, are endangered andmight not survive in the wild beyond the 21st century. As the largest terrestrial animals, elephants are very important for the health of tropical ecosystems—they are like forest gardeners who plant, fertiliseand prune trees.
We heard a story about Bua Keaw from some of the mahouts who work in the tourist camp. They told us that an old elephant with one eye blind and the other failing, still had to work transporting people all day with a saddle on her back. A long day would leave her so tired, moving slowly with little energy for that employment. The mahout saw that she needed to rest at Elephant Nature Park.
Land of the ancients, 'old hills' is what Mudumalai literally translates into. It is one of the first wildlife sanctuaries in the country and ranks among the top in the visual beauty of its changing seasons. In summer, the deciduous trees shed their green leaves and adorn a floral garb. With the arrival of the monsoons, fruits and tender greens take their place. Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary is actually made up of a number of old forest shooting blocks for big game namely Kargudi, Theppakkadu and Masinagudi.
Visitor spent time with the elephant at Elephant Nature Park and share their experience of the new way of elephant tourism in Thailand.
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( August 23, 2017, Colombo, Sri Lanka Guardian) I read with considerable scepticism the Tourism Ministry’s new “strategic plan” to focus on increasing tourist spending, rather than tourist numbers.
Sri Lanka’s hotel and restaurant industry already provide Third World services at First World prices. By imposing minimum hotel rates the government effectively kills the competition that may contribute to a change in this status quo.