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Report of Tim Klabunde on His Term as the First Native English Teacher in Moo Baan Chang Ban Ta Klang, Thailand

Nov 21, 2015 | 0 comments

 Tim Klabunde just completed his term as the first native English teacher in the primary and secondary schools in Moo Baan Chang, Ban Ta Klang under the sponsorship of The Elephant Story through the Golden Triangle Asian Elephant Foundation. Tim began this adventure at the age of 26 with an undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin and extensive educational and cultural training in Thailand. Nonetheless, as his personal account below indicates, very little could have prepared him for his experience at Chang Boon Wittaya school. I (Tim) constantly joke that living here has made me bipolar. Some days I...

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The Elephant Story Raises $40,000 for Elephant Conservation

Jul 29, 2015 | 0 comments

Through the Elephant Story sponsorship of The Elephant Story Invitational Elephant Polo Tournament on June 23 and 24 in Moo Baan Chang, Ban Ta Klang, Thailand and the Gumbo and Strings concert in Comfort, Texas, over $40,000 was raised for the Golden Triangle Asian Elephant Foundation (GTAEF)     The Elephant Story Invitational Elephant Polo Tournament   Four teams represented Citi, The ToleHouse Chameleons of Nepal WEPA fame, Sara Story Design and The Elephant Story in the Elephant Story elephant polo tournament.  Apart from the $10,000 raised from the team sponsorships, another $12,000 remained in the small village to add...

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The Elephant Story Elephant Polo Tournament In Moo Baan Chang, Ban Ta Klang, Surin, Thailand

Apr 22, 2015 | 0 comments

Since elephant polo was introduced to Thailand by the Thai Elephant Polo Association in 2001, and came under the Royal Patronage of His Majesty the King of Thailand as the King’s Cup, it has grown in scope and scale to become a major annual social event. However, we thought we would go to the elephants this year and have a much smaller tournament in the elephants’ hometown rather than the big city of Bangkok. Accordingly, The Elephant Story will host a tournament in Moo Baan Chang, June 24 and June 25 to mark the fifteenth year anniversary of elephant polo...

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Moo Baan Chang - Heart of Elephant Culture

Apr 15, 2015 | 0 comments

Everywhere we go in Thailand, from the north to the south and back to Bangkok we encounter elephants and mahouts from Moo Baan Chang (the elephant village) Ban Ta Klang, Surin.At the King’s Cup Elephant Polo Tournament last year in Bangkok, the elephant village mahout elders pictured below and some thirty elephants came from Moo Baan Chang. I guess it goes without saying that the taller guy is not a mahout though may qualify as an elder. Recently, we had a group from The Learning Link and The Elephant Story in Moo Baan Chang to organize the first native English...

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Jan 14, 2015 | 0 comments

It is apparent that the single focus of this village is the breeding of elephants given the number of bulls around and the young offspring.  The fellow shown below is going strong at age sixty. Since very few outsiders visit Moo Baan Chang, the mother elephants are more open to people interacting with their babies.  There are very few places where you could have a newly born elephant wrap his trunk around your arm. There is a strong integration of Buddhism, Brahmanism, and Animism in the elephant village culture.  In 1995, the Abbot of Wat Pa Arjiang in Moo Baan...

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