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Minister encourages pachyderm breeding

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Agriculture minister Dith Tina meets with the Airavata Elephant Foundation at the ministry headquarters on May 30. MAFF

Minister encourages pachyderm breeding

Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Dith Tina urges the Khmer Airavata Elephant Foundation to continue their efforts in breeding elephants, assuring them of his support in safeguarding the association’s long-term viability.

“The ministry will provide technical expertise, professional assistance and help in securing funding from stakeholders,” said Tina while meeting with the foundation on May 30.

Expressing appreciation for the foundation’s commitment to caring for domestic elephants in Cambodia despite their limited numbers, the minister emphasised the importance of prioritising the welfare of elephants and developing a clear plan to ensure efficiency and sustainability.

Khay Chenda, president of the Khmer Airavata Elephant Foundation, said that her meeting with the minister was aimed at reporting on the association’s previous activities and achievements, as well as to request cooperation, material support and technical assistance for elephant breeding.

During the meeting, Chenda highlighted the association’s conservation efforts through tree planting programmes, their elephant breeding initiatives, and the organisation of ecotourism programmes within the Elephant Conservation Area.

Expressing gratitude for the minister’s support and encouragement, Chenda thanked him for his commitment to the smooth conservation of elephants, aligning with the ministry’s guidelines.

The foundation currently cares for three adult elephants – E Keo (female), Bok Va, and Kham Sen (males). In December 2021, E Keo gave birth to a female calf named Tevi No El. Additionally, in May 2023, E Keo and Bok Va were kept together to facilitate successful breeding until the end of June.

The foundation looks after the wellbeing of their elephants through attentive mahouts, regular health check-ups twice a day, and training exercises to assist veterinarians in treating any injuries or illnesses that may occur.


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