Now give me back my dog... (or, to put it another way, what does your consultant do?)
1. "Weekend Clinic for Autism"
10th - 11th July 2010 (the first weekend) at Thai Elephant Conservation Centre (TECC)
-We started the last research program together with Chiangmai University (CMU) therapist team
-Eight children joined us. Two children were from Chiangmai, the other two were from Lampang and the last four were from Chiangrai (our home town)
-The average age of the children is about 10-12year-old.
-In the first week, we had 42 difficult cases, but very good progress.
-We use 4 elephants from TECC
-Prathida, 17 years old female, she is good behavior, gentle and stable.
-Wanaree 12 years old female, she is fast, smart and gentle.
-Neu-oon 6 years old female, she is playful, smart and nuaghty.
-Areena 4 years old female, she is curious, playful and smart.
17th -18th July 2010 (the second weekend)
-All children got on the elephant
-Good motor planning
-Better social skills
-Smiling on the parents' face and the therapists' as well
2. "Lecturing given to Chiangmai Mahout Training Program at Maetang Elephant Camp in Chiangmai
1. Training of elephants for eco-tourism.
2. Security measure in using elephant for tourism.
3. Elephant trekking and mahout training program of TECC.
4. Elephant nature and musth phenomenon, elephant welfare.
5. "Do" and "Don't" information for tourist in TECC
Participant and time frame:
1. The first group was held on June, 28-July, 27 2010. There were 120 mahouts and 120 elephants.
2. The second group will be held on August, 9- September, 8 2010. There will be 120 mahouts and 120 elephants.
All mahouts and elephants come from 18 elephant camp based in Mae-Tang, Chiang-dao district, Chiangmai.
3. "Super Pass for Anantara Elephant Camp"
As I was the consultant of the Office of the National Research Council of Thailand setting standard criteria for Thai elephant camp, and we had the draft of the criteria in our hand. So I get into the draft and found very good outcome.
We had got the best score on:
Altogether, we passed 90% score. Right, it's look good, but it's a draft one. Anyway, we know where we are.
PS. Even though K. Prasop is a legend, one thing he legendarily does not do is type up his notes, so for this we thank the Golden Triangle's other roving ambassador, our very own Cherry Keratimanochaya DVM.
PPS. For the elephant camp standards I am happier with a 90% pass than I would have been 100% as we also sat on the advisory board and the objective was to set a standard that looks out for elephant, mahout & guest welfare, ethical business practices that would be both acceptable to our times and achievable for willing camps in order to give tourists, guests & agents an idea of the standards of a camp before they visit it. The objective most certainly was not to make all camps clones of ours.