Mahout retires at 63
We are very sad to see our oldest Mahout retiring this month, after over 8 incredibly years at Ran-Tong; Lung Long says it’s time to take a rest. He has been with his current elephant for over 10 years and came to Ran-tong along with our Matriarch elephant Mae Poh and his wife Mae Pa after Ran-tong rescued them from a Chair riding camp in 2009.
Lung Long has worked with Elephants all his life and is very sad to leave but as he feels that it is time to take a rest from looking after these incredible animals.
Mahouts are on Elephant watch almost 20 hours a day as Elephants typically sleep only 4 hours, so you can imagine how many hours he has spent caring for his elephants over the years.
Lung Long says that he will miss his Elephant and the Ran-Tong family as they have had a great working relationship over the years and says it’s the best place he has ever worked. Lung Long and his wife will be heading back to the Chiang Dao area where they are originally from but will visit the camp often to see the elephants, their children and grandchildren who are all based at our camp.
Lung Long’s wife Mae Pa has been a vital member of Ran-Tong family too; she has been selling local Karen tribe clothes and jewelry to visitors who visit the camp for all these years and is a great help at keeping our camp clean and tidy.
Ran-Tong would like to thank them and wish them well in their retirement, they will be greatly missed around the camp by all.
Love the Ran-Tong Family