Mahout & Elephant Training Initiative
EAI trains mahouts and elephant care facilities in Asia in the use of Compassionate Elephant Care.
The training includes Positive Reinforcement Target Training (PRTT).
EAI can provide a one-time consultation, offering information and/or instruction, or work with a facility on an ongoing basis. EAI is monitoring its ongoing training programs in Thailand and Nepal to document the success of the technique.
EAI will also develop permanently located satellite training centers, the goal being self-sustaining centers staffed by graduates of its program.
In Nepal, EAI consults with Tiger Tops Elephant Camp on redesigning its elephant program. As a result, Tiger Tops has discontinued offering elephant rides, built chain free corrals encompassing 13 acres and released all 12 of their elephants from chains. In 2017, Tiger Tops will permanently discontinue elephant polo.