In the early mornings, head deep into the forest to retrieve the elephants from their sleeping area. Once they’re fed and cared for, you’ll head back to the camp for a satisfying breakfast of your own.
Meet the veterinary care team and learn the role they play in the evolving relationship between Laotians and elephants. Meet the Center’s on-site veterinarian who will give you a brief tour of the hospital. Begin your training with the hospital’s veterinarians by learning to develop a diet plan, how to assess your elephant’s health, and how to understand and communicate with your elephant.
Learn about the special, lifelong relationship between the mahout (caretaker) and their elephant—this sacred bond is highly respected in Lao culture. Visit a mother elephant and her baby in the nursery in the afternoon. Work with the Center’s staff to prepare a routine health check of the nursery, discussing the specifics of reproduction, artificial insemination, pregnancy, and neonatal care.
When you return to the elephant camp for the evening, finish up your daily duties by assisting your mahout to find a suitable place in the jungle for the elephants to eat wild vegetation and sleep for the night. Arrive back at the camp to take a swim, relax with your friends, and have a traditional family-style dinner with your group and the local staff.