Under the High Patronage of His Majesty NORODOM SIHAMONI, King of Cambodia
Elephants, a species
in great danger !
An ecological and cultural
conservation project
Meet
Bokva
the biggest domesticated elephant in Cambodia
Since immemorial times,
being a mahout
is transmitted from generation to generation.
A thousand years old tradition 
             
         inherited from the
Khmer Empire
No « happy » elephants
without forest !

A Breton-Khmer insight with an "Asterix" feeling

The year is 2560 after Buddha. Cambodia is entirely deforested by cruel and greedy businessmen. Well not entirely !
One small forest inhabited by indomitable elephants and their proud mahouts still holds out against the invaders. And life is not easy for the hords of illegal loggers living around the forest of Katieng…

The sword of Damocles

Like many other Southeast Asian countries, Cambodia is undergoing a frantic growth, which is claiming with it the formidable bio-diversity of a whole country !
Hundreds of thousands of hectares were and are still savagely bulldozed, to such an extend that soon none of the emblematic animals of Cambodia will be left in the wild !
The tiger has already disappeared and the elephant is taking the same path.

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250
300 hectares of forest to protect
x3
3 Elephants rescued by the centre
x3
3 mahouts entirely devoted to their animals

The project

Airavata was created to curb the trend, to protect on a small scale, a human scale, the last elephants of a province and the forest where they were born.

In the old days, each Ratanakiri tribe would own a few elephants but, time passing, the province started loosing its pachyderms. An exceptional heritage was on the verge of disappearance, elephants but also all the knowledge passed on from generation to generation by families of mahouts.
We are therefore proud and happy to introduce you to the very last elephants of the province in their natural environment, the protected forest of Okatieng.

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Protect

In the old days, each Ratanakiri tribe would own a few elephants but, time passing, the province started loosing its pachyderms.

Preserve

An exceptional heritage was on the verge of disappearance, elephants but also all the knowledge passed on from generation to generation by families of mahouts.

Interact

A Conservation Project that is both cultural, ecological and social, AÏRAVATA allows a real interaction with elephants and teaches the public to know them, to take care of them and to ride them themselves.

Safeguard

Airavata was created to curb the trend, to protect on a small scale, a human scale, the last elephants of a province and the forest where they were born.

Curb the trend

Like so many other South East Asian countries, Cambodia is suffering from a fast and uncontrolled development that is obliterating the formidable bio-diversity of a whole country. Hundreds of thousands of hectares were and are still savagely bulldozed, to such an extend that soon none of the emblematic animals of Cambodia will be left in the wild ! The tiger has already disappeared and the elephant is taking the same path.

Develop

Further down from the clear forest where our elephants currently evolve there is a superb mature forest of about 300 hectares that, thanks to a hilly terrain has been largely protected from deforestation. The three villages owning this forest have agreed to let us develop ecotourism in various forms.

Proverbs & Quotes

Save Bak Maï

He has been sentenced to death, please help us give Bak Maï the elephant a new life !