Out of the woods

For over a century, elephants were Southeast Asia’s workhorses, used to pull logs razed from their forest homes. But what happens to those elephants when the logging stops?

“Though the Myanmar government is trying hard to find a home for the thousands of unemployed timber elephants, we believe that these camps are not the answer,” Waters told Southeast Asia Globe. “The primary problem with these camps, as is the case in Thailand… is that the elephants are being used for entertainment purposes, which we do not support.”

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