Exploring BiodiversityOctober 22, 2023
From Childhood Dreams to Elephant Research: A Week at KSESDecember 15, 2023
By Elodie Danjoux – 3 weeks intern: I have embarked on this transformative journey in elephant conservation research work for university placement. Nestled, within the lush of the deep forest in Ban Naklang, my days were immersed in the compelling world of these peaceful giants, where each moment unfolded as a chapter in the conservation field.
These mammals have always fascinated me, and I was struck by the intricate challenges that threaten their existence today.I got the opportunity to be part of a project that promotes their welfare, and despite the threats elephants face, I found hope and purpose.
KSES has by far widened my knowledge and critical thinking skills into data collection, analysis and research work, as I worked alongside dedicated staff members. Fieldwork, became an interesting journey where my passion for conservation merged with hands-on-experience. Hiking through the dense forest everyday, was an opportunity to observe elephants in their habitat, allowed to express their natural behaviors and seeing them adapt to their environment.
The project’s impact extended beyond the realms of data and research. Engaging with local communities was more than an enriching experience. The story telling and the laughs was shared everyday around meals. The positivity and energy of people around could be felt and was contagious. The unique familial atmosphere that exist here, felt like I had never left home.
My time spent here allowed me to carry a wealth of knowledge and a profound sense of purpose, thanks to all the staff members that contributed to my education here. I leave with a sense of hope that humanity and wildlife can coexist harmoniously, as we continue to work in collaboration to make the right choices and promote conservation. The nature that surrounds us is precious and benefits us in so many ways, we should strive to create and protect it.