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Bunong Hill Tribe
Bunong Hill Tribe
The Bunong hill tribe are natives of the jungles bordering Vietnam in North-Eastern Cambodia. These people traditionally have used elephants for logging. Intense debate exists over whether the elephants are treated fairly and about their new use carrying tourists on treks to the river. These elephants are owned by the community and they are let loose at night to forage in the jungle, gathered in the morning to carry people on treks to the river, given a two hour break at lunch to freely graze again in the jungle, walked back to the village and then let loose again for the night. They appeared well cared for and their day seemed idyllic. There are many working animals - horses, camels, mules, dogs, and more. I felt no remorse in contributing to their maintenance and an improved quality of life for the people of the hills.
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