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Thai Elephants
OCTOBER 2005
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Animals as Amusement
Photograph by William Albert Allard

Tourists soak up the atmosphere as they watch elephants perform and work at the Mae Ping Elephant Camp. Since logging was banned in 1989, about half of Thailand's domestic elephants began working for such tourist camps, where they carry visitors on treks through the forest. Life outside these camps can be much tougher. Many elephants are forced to roam city streets with their mahouts, who charge onlookers to feed and photograph the animals.


Photo Fast Facts
Camera: Canon EOS1N
Film Type: Fujichrome Velvia 100
Lens: 28mm
Speed and F-Stop: Unrecorded

Weather Conditions: Rainy
Time of Day: Afternoon
Lighting Techniques: Natural light
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