At Elephant Hills, we like to maintain a close relationship with our overseas partners, and therefore our marketing team can be often spotted in various locations all around the world. Nature enthusiasts as we are, we are keen to seek ways to try to reduce our carbon footprint, and have recently found an excellent way to do this. This exciting upcoming project does not work only by offsetting our CO2 emissions caused by the international flights, but it also supports wild elephant conservation by reducing human-elephant conflicts in Surat Thani Province.
Our Projects team recently visited Kaeng Krung National Park, which is located in Surat Thani Province, approximately 70km North-East from Cheow Larn Lake. The southernmost forests of this National Park are also connected to Khao Sok National Park, so the wild elephant populations can in some cases move between the two areas. Upon our arrival, we were greeted by the Assistant Head of National Park and his team of 9 rangers. The friendly team took us to see the areas bordering the National Park, where they have been struggling with human-elephant conflict.
In the wild, the male elephants usually leave their birth herd at the age of 13-15, and live either in solitary or team up with other males in a loose “bachelor herd”. In this area, there are currently about six male elephants occasionally wandering out from the forests to seek food from local people’s plantations. One young male elephant has made its way as far as the local school, located two kilometers from the National Park border.
This has raised concerns with the local people and National Park authorities, and they have been looking for a solution to prevent any further conflicts. During our meeting, we made a plan for a project to plant trees to the borders of the National Park. This way the wild elephants would find enough food right at the border, hence not having the need to graze at the plantations. The plan is to start with sourcing the seedlings within the coming few weeks, and go ahead with the planting closer to the end of the monsoon season.
This inspiring new project doesn’t only contribute to wild elephant conservation, but also helps offsetting carbon emissions by turning CO2 back into O2. Stay tuned for more updates!
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