2 Responses to “article in LiveEncounters on-line magazine”

  1. Ele-aunt says:

    Carol- Thank you. It’s a great article and good to see the wonderful results of your hard work! I have a couple of questions:
    How much does an installation cost to build overall?
    Also, in addition to the compassionate and humane benefits, and reduced stress, greater freedom, and fewer potential health problems of the elephants as a result of better living circumstances, are there benefits for the mahouts and their families that could help promote interest and acceptance of the chain-free hattisars?
    Please convey my thanks through your contacts to all who were willing to try this experiment and make some changes in such a long-practiced tradition. It’s not easy to be the first to try new ideas.

  2. Carol says:

    Dear Ele-aunt, Each installation is different. Cost depends on the size, number of gates, number of corner poles etc. On average, a one-acre corral costs between $5,000 and $8,000. The corrals actually create more work for mahouts because they have to walk further and clean a larger area. But after a few weeks they become accustom and then appreciate the benefits. The biggest benefit for the mahouts is an improved sense of self worth. Neighboring mahouts show interests and a bit of envy which boosts the mahouts moral and sense of importance. In addition we continue to educate and let the mahouts know they are an integral part of improving elephant welfare.