THE MIDDLE WAY
"The Middle Way"
While the market has shifted towards a pure “no riding” philosophy, we have seen the effect on the local culture that this is having.
We noticed that the bond and traditions between mahout (elephant rider) and elephant, was slowly disappearing.
“Elephant Shelter” has decided to go in a different direction. Instead of banning our mahouts from riding their elephants, we are
comfortable to let them continue their traditional ways.
Whilst we still ban tourist rides, the use of the bull hook and any physical forms of control, we believe that the close contact between the Mahouts & owners of our elephants and us, has meant that we have been able to both gain from their knowledge and also be able to educate them about alternative options from logging.
We have learnt a lot from the owners of our elephants, including the
connection between a mahout and his elephant, which is why we so strongly want to keep some traditions alive.
We hope that this can filter down to newer generations of mahout to create a much more gentle form of elephant ownership that can last for generations.
All of our different elephant activities involve the local
communityand respect sustainable and ecological principles.