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Elephant conservation

Project name:

Biosphere Expeditions (12)

Project purpose:

Elephant conservation

Project activities:

  • data collection/analysis

  • teaching

Weekly cost (approx USD):

$

1800

Terrestrial

Thailand

South-East Asia

1 Ratings

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Direct benefits you gain:

  • field research skills

  • remote scenic location

Noteworthy conservation points:

  • publishes peer-reviewed science

  • publishes work

Accommodation:

Rustic and simple homestay

When does the project run?

Facilities:

More information needed!

How long can I stay?

Requirements:

None. You do not need to be a scientist or have any special qualifications - everyone can take part and there are no age limits whatsoever.

Ability to walk about 5-15 km per day in both flat and steep mountainous rainforest terrain of up to 1,100 m altitude. Those of lower fitness level can monitor wildlife in flat terrain or concentrate on helping with community-based activities.

Details of the day-to-day life on the project:

This expedition will take you to the tropical highlands and Himalayan foothills in the shadow of Thailand’s tallest peak (Doi Inthanon at 2,565 m). There you will conduct close-encounter behavioural and other studies on Asian elephants to make an important contribution to elephant conservation in Thailand. Our study elephant herd lives in the forested area surrounding a remote hill tribe village, where the expedition is based in the community. The expedition will also work on general biodiversity monitoring, as well as education, capacity-building and incentive creation for local people, which are all vital if elephants are to have a future in Thailand living side-by-side with humans.

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