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Beautiful Moment #4 by Chuck Baclagon
September 18, 2009, 2:01 am
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Lea Guerrero
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Elephants, close up by Chuck Baclagon
September 18, 2009, 1:35 am
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You never get to know an elephant until you go on an elephant caravan.
And we’ve been really up close with five of them in this journey. More on each of them later….

Meanwhile, here are some interesting close up photos from Tui…

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People-Elephant-Forest by Chuck Baclagon

_MG_4105-websizeThis is a photo of a People-Elephant-Forest talk which the TERF (Thai Elephant Research and Conservation Fund) usually conduct.  Their audience varies and this one that we conducted last Tuesday is the talk for school children.

TERF conducts these conservation awareness talks mainly in support of their thrust to reduce Human Elephant Conflict (HEC) elephants (particularly wild elephants) are sometimes known to wander out of the forest (because the forests are getting smaller, or the herds are getting too big for the forest to sustain them, that they usually encounter situations with communities, like trampling on cornfields and eating the crops.  This becomes a source of conflict, so that some people regard elephants as pests and sometimes even kill them.
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You can never get tired of watching elephants taking a shower…. by Chuck Baclagon

Greenpeace-ChangeCaravan-17Sep09-05-webElephants can suck up to 14 liters of water at a time.  Just imagine how much water a large creature such as the elephant needs.

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Beautiful Moment #3 by Chuck Baclagon
September 17, 2009, 12:59 am
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Here’s another beautiful moment from the caravan: Passing by rice fields in Saraburi Province.

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Dumbo Drop by Chuck Baclagon

September 15, 2009

No, I don’t mean what Um has to clean up, but the process of transporting elephants across provincial borders. An operation as complicated as the movie Operation Dumbo Drop.

As required by Thai law and provincial administration regulations, Elephants cannot walk across provincial borders, they can only be transported by trucks, with prior permissions of the livestock department.

So, early this morning after their usual enormous breakfast; with the help of the mahouts, our veterinarian and elephant transport experts, our great friends delicately clambered onto the back of a truck specially designed for them and were driven across the borders which an elephant can hardly tell, but let us not get into the irony of this bureaucratic joke.

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Beautiful Moment #2 by Chuck Baclagon

The moment we saw this everyone called it the “perfect photo.” It was taken just at the right time when the sun had newly risen. The elephants went for a dip before they set off for the second leg of the Chang[e] Caravan.

The water reminded me that later on on this journey we‘ll be visiting climate impacted areas. in a watershed area. one of climate change‘s greatest impacts is on water availability.  we‘re not walking for elephants in this caravan, we‘re walking for all those whose future depends on stabilizing the climate.

Lea Guerrero