ISSP [2010] : The Urban Elephant Sustainable Roles in a Changing Society

This report analyzes the evolving role of elephants in an increasingly technological Thai society. With the rise of technology and the decline of their traditional roles, elephants and their keepers, mahouts, are in danger of losing their place in Thailand. Our project goal was to study the changing roles of elephants and their keepers and propose solutions that will help maintain the importance of elephants in Thai culture. We found that current efforts to both eliminate elephants in Bangkok as well as give them a place to go have been met with limited success. We have provided recommendations on how to improve these efforts