Working closely with the elephants and their mahouts, the research staff conducts a wide range of studies on memory, cooperation, problem-solving, and reasoning. You’ll have the chance to help with all stages of the research, as well as getting to know some of the local community members. You’ll help videotape experiments on elephant cognition, keep time during the experiments, and operate experimental apparatus.
Working with staff veterinarians, you’ll help treat sick elephants and perform routine veterinary checks. You’ll help in local and international educational programs, which include live “visits” via Skype between our elephants and students in New York and Thailand. You’ll hear presentations from experts on topics like elephant behavior, general animal behavior, elephant conservation in Thailand, Thai culture and language, and other areas of conservation, epidemiology, and entomology. You’ll get to know some members of the local hill tribes by joining in community activities such as English lessons and visiting community development projects.
Note: Field conditions and research needs can lead to changes in the itinerary and activities. We appreciate your cooperation and understanding.