Elephant

Asian elephant in Si Satchanalai National Park, Thailand. We were feeding her bananas.

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lcarreau

lcarreau - Apr 5, 2010 9:05 pm - Voted 10/10

Grand ...

"He stood alone in the evening sun,
beneath the baobab tree.
Lifting his trunk in a lazy arc,
his eyes carefully watching me.

His gray ears flapping, his head alert,
listening for every sound.
Thoughtfully chewing a leafy twig,
his foot lifted just off the ground ..."

mountaingazelle

mountaingazelle - Apr 5, 2010 10:20 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Grand ...

Thanks Larry! You can sometimes see elephants in national parks or other protected areas. Many of the elephants left in the wild are vulnerable to poaching.

mrchad9

mrchad9 - Apr 6, 2010 3:02 am - Voted 10/10

interesting...

I had no idea they were endangered... they are everywhere! though I suppose I have only seen them there in captivity though- not in the wild- and how they fare in the wild should determine their status.

Many places seem to tout the idea that they rescue injured or abandoned elephants- I am sure many of them do- but also difficult to tell how many are using the conservation angle to get more tourists. If they are doing both I suppose that's alright...

mountaingazelle

mountaingazelle - Apr 6, 2010 12:40 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: interesting...

Both Asian and African Elephants are endangered species. Most of the elephants in Thailand are in captivity and you can see them in a lot of places. There are an estimated 1,500 wild elephants, maybe less, left in Thailand. They are there but just in much lower numbers than before. And people are trying to keep their population from declining any more.

There are legitimate places that take care of rescued and abandoned elephants. In some, the elephants put on an entertaining show for everyone and that is probably the reason why they get tourists. In other places, the animals just live normally in a protected area and you get to watch them. I personally like those better but either way I’m sure they are trying to appeal to tourists.

lcarreau

lcarreau - Apr 6, 2010 9:51 pm - Voted 10/10

Re: interesting...

I have a question, please ...

How many bananas can an elephant eat in one
sitting ???

I once fed an elephant peanuts. After the
entire bag was empty, the elephant still
appeared to want some more peanuts.

How many bananas did you feed to this one???

mountaingazelle

mountaingazelle - Apr 6, 2010 10:21 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: interesting...

We fed her a lot of bananas. I don’t think they can ever have enough. I would say about 300 pounds of food a day is what they need.

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