A look into the lives of Cambodia’s gentle giants

By External Source
Jun 22 2020 (IPS-Partners)

For generations, elephants have been inextricably tied to the
lands of Mondulkiri in Cambodia.

The people who call this place their home — the indigenous
Bunong community — share a unique bond with the gentle giants of
the land.

It is a relationship that has been tried and tested over the
years and pressure to make ends meet has pushed some villagers to
rent out elephants at high prices to companies with a record of
mistreating animals.

Some villagers have even sold the elephants to companies. There
is also a taboo about elephants giving birth within the
community.

However, there are sanctuaries such as Mr Tree’s that attempt
to breed, rescue and care for elephants which were either kept in
captivity or were sold off.

To know more about the elephants of Mondulkiri and their
stories, watch the video.

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A look into the lives of Cambodia’s gentle giants