A mahout is an elephant rider, trainer or keeper. The term derives from Hindi and means elephant keeper. In Thai, the term is ''Kwan chang'' and is often translated as the ''one who walks with an elephant''.
Here at Somboon Legacy Foundation, we consider our mahouts heroes. Mahouts are taking care of Thailand's sacred animals and should be treated with the respect they deserve.
The bond between a mahout and his elephant is incredibly important. It is a bond created on mutual respect.
If you won't respect this magnificent creature, it won't respect you either.
But if you respect them, an amazing bond can grow.
In the picture below you can see Kammoon and her mahout Pizaa.