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MEETINGS 2013-2018

439th Meeting at the Alliance Franšaise, Chiang Mai: “Elephant Management and Trend of Elephant Tourism”.

Tuesday, 13 November 2018.

A Talk by Chatchote Thitaram

The Talk:

Elephant camps are among the most attractive destinations in northern Thailand for tourists from many countries. Asian elephants used in tourism entertain tourists in a variety of ways, from intensive activities like trekking to more hands off viewing opportunities. Thus, a variety of strategies exist for managing elephants among camps, which can impact health and welfare in different ways, such as camp size (i.e., number of elephants), type of work, working intensity, nutrition, housing, restraint, health care, breeding and mahout

Shifts in elephant management to less intensive activities have positive implications for elephant welfare. Work is now being done with camps, tourism agencies and local ministries to create a set of guidelines to promote good health and welfare of elephants managed under human care in Thailand. The goal is to develop sciencebased guidelines that government agencies can use to develop an enforceable set of practical  regulations toensure good management of tourist elephants in Thailand.

The Speaker:

Chatchote Thitaram is Associated Professor in the Department of Companion Animals and Wildlife Clinics, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Chiang Mai University, Thailand. He became a doctor of Veterinary Medicine at Chulalongkorn University, and received a PhD from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at Utrecht University, Netherlands. His present work and research focuses on reproduction, breeding, genetics, medicine and management in elephants and wild animals. He is also the director of the Center of Excellence in
Elephant and Wildlife Research, Chiang Mai University. He serves as a member of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Species Survival Commission (SSC)’s Asian Elephant Specialist Group (AsESG) and Reintroduction Specialist Group (RSG).

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