VietNamNet Bridge - In Le Village, situated on the romantic Lac lakeside in Lien Son Town of Dak Lak, there is a man believed to have the most elephants in the Central Highlands. Dan Nang Long owns seven out of nearly 40 tamed elephants in Dak Lak province. Long said he has a natural association with elephants. In his childhood, he began following his father, Dan Nang Nhan, a famous hunter, to hunt and tame elephants. At that time, not only Long’s father, but all the families in the locality bred elephants. The Lac Lake was then surrounded by old forests, the ideal places for grazing elephants. Therefore, elephants were all big and strong and they helped people carry farm produce and wood. When Long grew up, he went to Buon Ma Thuot City to study and work for some tourism companies. However, he finally decided to Le Village to succeed his father in taking care for elephants. Since 1996, the elephants in Lac district have not been able to reproduce Long said his family … [Read more...] about The man who owns the most elephants in Central Highlands
Elephant conservation and care center
Elephants in a street parade held during this year's annual coffee festival in the Central Highlands town of Buon Ma Thuot on March 9. Overworked, underfed and uncared for, domesticated elephants in Vietnam are dying in increasing numbers. A group of students from the Ho Chi Minh City College of Culture and Arts recently had a frightening experience in Dak Lak Province when a tamed elephant at a tourist spot suddenly rushed at them. The pachyderm, Y Mol, only backed off after its mahout, Y Suong, jabbed it repeatedly on the head with a spur. But Suong said the big animal was not attacking the students. "She was just hungry. She wanted to grab some sugarcane the students were teasing her with instead of feeding her right away." (They were swinging the sugarcane in order to get the elephant to swing her head and trunk accordingly.) Y Mol, who was captured and tamed nearly 40 years ago, is emaciated and hungry all the time. It belongs to the September 2 Tourism Company in Dak … [Read more...] about Vietnam’s elephants succumb to overwork, poaching
VietNamNet Bridge - The serious poaching which has not been eased over the last many years has led to the sharp fall of the number of elephant individuals in Vietnam, from 1500-2000 in 1990s to tens of elephants now. Three years ago, FFI, an international flora and fauna conservation organization, gave the warning that the then 150 elephant individuals were in the danger of becoming extinct. Though the poachers still cannot make elephants disappear absolutely from Vietnam, extinction is a foreseeable thing, if Vietnam cannot do more to protect its elephants. In 2009, Frank Momberg, a representative of FFI, undertook the job of building an elephant training center right in the central province of Dak Lak, believed to be the main land for elephants in Vietnam. At that time, people kept optimistic about the project feasibility, believing that this would help much the wildlife conservation plan. However, in September 2012, Mark McDonald, a conservationists, stated that the … [Read more...] about No one can save Vietnam’s elephants?
Dang Nang Long, a resident of Jun Village of Lien Son Town in Vietnam's central highlands province of Dak Lak is famous for curing elephants, even though he does not have any certifications in this field. Photo: Tuoi Tre Long has been given the nickname "doctor for elephants" by local villagers. The 43-year-old man gave up his position as the director of Hồ Lắk eco-tourism area and since then has devoted most of his time and fortunes to protecting and caring for tame elephants in his own ways. Death of Khăm Bun Long is the third generation of a legendary family associated with elephants in the central highlands. His father is Dang Nhay, a once well-known elephant hunter and his mother is So Thong Chan, a pretty 'elephant merchant'. Long has been known as the physician for elephants since the death of Kham Bun, a famed elephant that passed away six years ago. In December 2006, a baby wild elephant got separated from his herd and suffered from severe wounds on its legs after … [Read more...] about A doctor for elephants
In 2011, the Dak Lak provincial people’s committee approved the elephant conservation project worth 61 billion dong, and the Artemisia conservation project worth 50 billion dong, in an effort to rescue and develop the last elephant and yew individuals in the Central Highlands. Elephant conservation projects remain on… paper Scientists say elephants seriously endangered However, to date, no one can say for sure when the projects would begin. Meanwhile, Dr Bao Huy from the Tay Nguyen University has warned that the slow implementation of the conservation projects would be a big disadvantage to the province, since a lot of foreign and domestic organizations now show their big interests in the conservation work. The organizations will only provide capital, equipment and techniques to fund the projects if they can see with their eyes, the feasibility of the conservation projects. Meanwhile, Vietnam has to spend too much time on complicated procedures. Regarding … [Read more...] about Local authorities still busy themselves with plans to protect elephants and yew