A young Mahout from Karen Village in Northern Thailand, approximately 60km from Chiang Mai relaxes with his elephant, Mae-Boon-Sri 🐘❤
Mahout is a widespread term for an elephant caretaker, a profession and lifestyle which is representative of an ancient and sacred relationship between humans and elephants, developed over the course of the past 1300 years. 'Mahout' comes from the Hindi word mahaut, meaning “elephant driver.” Usually, a mahout starts as a boy in the 'family profession' when he is assigned an elephant early in its life. The relationship between mahout and elephant develops over time into a strong and loving bond, and often lasts the entire life of both of them, as an elephant's life expectancy is approximately the same as that of a human.
📍Karen Village, Muang, Thailand | December #canon #chiangmai #bekindtoelephants #travelchiangmai #travelphotography #elephantjunglesanctuary #yourshotphotographer #canoncanada #travelthailand #elephant #travel #elephantsanctuary #wildlifephotography #thailand