Positive Reinforcement

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Our Positive Reinforcement Training consists of daily target training, teaching our elephants how to present their limbs to the vets to make treatments easy. Elephants are rewarded when they perform the right action according to the verbal command they receive. This is a non-violent and gentle way to train elephants and ensures control of the animal by our mahouts.

  

      

Encourage elephant natality

Our breeding programme aims at increasing the number of elephant biths in Laos

Mahouts Vocational Training

Support the reconversion of logging mahouts into ecotourism

Re-herding programme

Re-create social bonds within our elephant group at the 'Socialization Area'.

 

Positive reinforcement training is a necessary step to balance a life in semi-wild conditions and control required by the mahouts and vets. Using a routine teaching of verbal commands and rewards, the elephants steadily learn how to lift their legs and present their toes or trunk for treatment. This daily activity reinforces  the bond between the animal and its keeper while avoiding any violence. 

MichaelHTaylorForEcc-9We need your support to maintain the training area, buy food and fund the hospital’s and and the training area’s running costs. We also need to buy tools, such as nail trimmers for elephants … Positive reinforcement is a daily occurrence at the Centre and a vital activity for mahouts, so that they can keep full control of their elephant when the animal is in the presence of people or other elephants. Your contribution will help us improve our technical skills and invite a greater number of mahouts to join in this soft method, in and outside the Centre.

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