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Just Like Chinese Checkers

Feb 06, 2017 | 0 comments


In a very positive move, China, namely President Xi Jinping, has banned the commercial ivory trade which could dramatically diminish illegal elephant poaching in Africa. Apart from illustrating the environmental awareness of China, it helps eliminate corruption as ivory was often used to bribe Chinese government officials. Moreover, the action builds credibility with African countries where China is attempting to strengthen their resource control of oil and minerals. The Chinese demand for ivory has been staggering. In broad terms, China represented some 70% of the worldwide illegal ivory trade; has an existing stockpile of "legal" ivory valued at $150 million...

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Elephants and Economics

Feb 15, 2016 | 0 comments


This commentary was prompted by a recent article in the Nikkei Asian Review commenting on the ASEAN Economic Community Reality, which created a question in my mind as to the future of elephants in many of these countries in light of their economic development. First of all, the author would like to acknowledge Ele Aid for their vast contribution to an understanding of the elephant population and potential for their survival in Southeast Asia. Below is a ranking of certain ASEAN countries by their GDP and GDP per capita. There are several observations relative to the wealth of these countries...

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VINTAGE BASKETS HAND CRAFTED BY THE HILL TRIBES OF THE GOLDEN TRIANGLE OF THAILAND

Oct 21, 2014 | 0 comments


The Elephant Story has assembled a collection of vintage baskets from various hill tribes in The Golden Triangle where Thailand, Laos and Myanmar come together. This exotic area is home to numerous ethnic hill tribes who have their own languages, customs and life styles. These baskets from Hmong, Akha, and Karen hill tribes were used in the rice paddy and their mountainous homes to store rice and other products. They now are distinctive home decorative accent pieces with each having it’s own history. Perhaps, some of the baskets carried treats for the elephants of Karen villagers or the opium of...

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SAK YANT NEEDLES AND SHIRTS

Oct 09, 2014 | 0 comments

Sak yants are an ancient spiritual art in Thailand and Myanmar where Pali Sanskrit blessings are tattooed on one’s body using tapping needles.   The blessings are to ward off evil, invite prosperity to the person or wish health and happiness to others and make merit in the process.  The image below shows Khun Ed of The Elephant Story having a Haa Taew (five line) sak yant applied to his back by the famous Thai spiritualist to the stars, Archan Noo.   

The Elephant Story outfits the elephant mahouts in The King’s Cup Elephant Polo Tournament each year with sak yant T-shirts to wish them well and make merit.

  

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Sak yants are an ancient spiritual art in Thailand and Myanmar where Pali Sanskrit blessings are tattooed on one’s body using tapping needles.   The blessings are to ward off evil, invite prosperity to the person or wish health and happiness to others and make merit in the process.  The image below shows Khun Ed of The Elephant Story having a Haa Taew (five line) sak yant applied to his back by the famous Thai spiritualist to the stars, Archan Noo.    The Elephant Story outfits the elephant mahouts in The King’s Cup Elephant Polo Tournament each year with sak...

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