Nature of Elephants

Nature of Elephants

All types of elephants, whether they are Asian or African elephants, share one common characteristic, which is their preference for living in herds. A typical herd usually consists of 5 to 10 elephants, with one elephant serving as the leader. The leader is typically the strongest and has the role of protecting and defending the herd from danger. They also lead the herd in search of food in areas that are rich in resources.

Wild elephants that forage alone, unless they are old and can’t keep up with the herd, are usually considered outcasts and are called “”rogue elephants.”” Rogue elephants have aggressive behavior, which can be dangerous for anyone who encounters them.

Thai elephants or Asian elephants have a preference for cooler weather and dislike intense sunlight. Therefore, when we train them for activities such as logging, we typically schedule their work in the morning from 6:00 AM to 12:00 PM. In the afternoon, they are given rest. Additionally, after three consecutive days of work, we give them 1 to 2 days of rest before resuming their tasks. This is because elephants are susceptible to diseases and can easily be overwhelmed. If we overwork them, they may fall ill during the hot season, specifically between March and May.


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