“Richard Lair, from San Francisco, California, has intensively studied the Asian elephant for 27 years and is presently Advisor and International Relations Officer at the National Elephant Institute of Thailand, based at the Forest Industry Organization’s Thai Elephant Conservation Center, in Lampang province. Initially he was interested only in wild elephants and thus began his work in Thailand with Dr. Bonsoong Lekagul at the Association for the Conservation of Wildlife, the Kingdom’s first conservation NGO.
“He is a member of the IUCN/SSC Asian Elephant Specialist Group (AESG) and wrote Gone Astray: The Care and Management of the Asian Elephant in Domesticity for the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). His latest publication is The Elephant In Thai Life , published by Asia Books. He is co-founder of the Thai Elephant Orchestra.”
In 2004 he wrote the following article about the the challenging future Thai Asian Elephants face:
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