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My main focus on project is elephant foraging; which consists of collecting data on the different species of plants which the elephants consume, discovering new species of plants and herbal medicinal supplements which benefit human and elephant’s health. Elephants will select and consume up too 200kg of food per day for 75% of their time. They forage on grasses, vines, leaves, twigs, bark and human efficient crops such as corn. In the field I study what the elephants are eating and for what duration. If the species of the plant is unknown I use the mahout’s acknowledgment of the forest to identify the species, it’s really exciting to find new species which the elephants enjoy eating, especially as they wouldn’t have this opportunity to forage in a tourist camp. I input the species and durations into graphs from the 3 separate herds. At the end of the month total all the finding into a final graph to identify the preferred species of plants consumed by the elephants. These different species might benefit their digestion system, health, possible pregnancy or general taste. During my time here I have benefited on the understanding of the correct nutrition elephants need to survive, the different vines and grasses they eat to sustain a healthy lifestyle. It’s truly amazing to see the elephants forage freely through the forests consuming their preferred plant species without the help of humans. I began to understand the importance of elephant nutrition, the difference between working elephants and ‘wild’ foraging elephants. In England I am studying floristry, my acknowledgment for different plant species in Thailand automatically puts my understating of plants to a higher level. I’ve benefited greatly while on project and hope to continue gaining a higher understanding through my research and experience in the field.

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