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Background Information

Employment History

Pre-Med Honors Student

University of Washington State , USA

Affiliations

Advisor
Asian Elephant Support

Resident Elephant Advisor
Fios , Inc

Founder
Elephant Conservation Center

Founder
The Thai Elephant Orchestra

Education

University of Washington State , USA

Web References (200 Total References)


Tourism Protecting Nature in Xe Pian!

north-by-north-east.com [cached]

Richard Lair – 60 years an elephant nut and counting! Tourism Protecting Nature in Xe Pian!

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Richard Lair
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Richard Lair was only three years old when he visited the zoo with his parents and saw an elephant for the first time. "I was hooked. he explains "I became an elephant nut. They just seem to have been a part of my life ever since". As Advisor and Foreign Relations Officer for the Thai Elephant Conservation Center (part of the National Elephant Institute) in Lampang, Thailand, elephants are still on Richard's mind, and at the age of 64 he is still an elephant 'nut'.
In his earlier days Richard was a pre-med honors student with scholarship at the University of Washington State, USA, though he did not see this 'conventional' route as the best for him - so he dropped out and went to Europe to become a painter.
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"It's actually more like a dance" Richard explains.
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Richard explains "I started off with the painting because it was easy.
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As Richard talks about the orchestra he casually flips through the various publications. One picture jumps out from the page. Richard is standing in tux in front of the elephant orchestra conducting. Yet it is not the uniqueness of the elephants playing music that captures attention. It is Richard's smile. He is completely happy and it shows.
Elephant tourist camps that exhibit 'tricks' like painting and playing music are not without controversy and Richard is in the forefront of the debate. "I am interested in what the elephants do - not what we can make them do. After a pause, Richard explains "I am like a liberal social worker in a penitentiary.
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Richard's chosen role to help protect the animals he loves is to work with the National Elephant Institute and raise money for projects such as the Elephant Hospital and Mobile Veterinary Clinic.
It would be nice for Richard if the world was as simple as it was when as a three-year old he visited the zoo for the first time. But that is not the world he lives in today and there are no simple answers to the future of elephants in Thailand, yet he remains optimistic. "Realistic solutions to the problems facing these animals can only come when people of good will, tolerant to the opinions of others, reflect on theory - conscience, if you like - but reject it when it contravenes common sense.... Perhaps the most hopeful sign is that the Thai public, once blissfully unaware of the elephant's plight, is now highly motivated in helping to protect their beloved elephants. While challenges remain, with people like Richard on their side the elephants' future in Thailand is starting to look brighter.
ABOUT RICHARD LAIR
Richard Lair, from San Francisco, California, has intensively studied the Asian elephant for 31 years - 27 in Thailand - and is presently Advisor and International Relations Officer at the National Elephant Institute of Thailand, based at the Forest Industry Organization's Thai Elephant Conservation Center, in Lampang province. Initially he was interested only in wild elephants and thus began his work in Thailand with Dr. Bonsoong Lekagul at the Association for the Conservation of Wildlife, the Kingdom's first conservation NGO.
He is a member of the IUCN/SSC Asian Elephant Specialist Group (AESG) and wrote Gone Astray: The Care and Management of the Asian Elephant in Domesticity for the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). He is also the author of The Elephant In Thai Life, published by Asia Books. His latest publication is (in both Thai and English editions) a "Care Manual for Mahouts and Camp Managers", published by FAO, translated into Japanese with a Lao edition underway. Richard has also translated a S.E.A. Write award winning novel, "High Banks, Heavy Logs" from Thai to English.
Last but not least, he is co-founder of the Thai Elephant Orchestra.
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by Richard Lair


Tourism Protecting Nature in Xe Pian!

www.north-by-north-east.com [cached]

Richard Lair – 60 years an elephant nut and counting! | .. Tourism Protecting Nature in Xe Pian!

...
Richard Lair
...
Richard Lair was only three years old when he visited the zoo with his parents and saw an elephant for the first time. "I was hooked. he explains "I became an elephant nut. They just seem to have been a part of my life ever since". As Advisor and Foreign Relations Officer for the Thai Elephant Conservation Center (part of the National Elephant Institute) in Lampang, Thailand, elephants are still on Richard's mind, and at the age of 64 he is still an elephant 'nut'.
In his earlier days Richard was a pre-med honors student with scholarship at the University of Washington State, USA, though he did not see this 'conventional' route as the best for him - so he dropped out and went to Europe to become a painter.
...
"It's actually more like a dance" Richard explains.
...
Richard explains "I started off with the painting because it was easy.
...
As Richard talks about the orchestra he casually flips through the various publications. One picture jumps out from the page. Richard is standing in tux in front of the elephant orchestra conducting. Yet it is not the uniqueness of the elephants playing music that captures attention. It is Richard's smile. He is completely happy and it shows.
Elephant tourist camps that exhibit 'tricks' like painting and playing music are not without controversy and Richard is in the forefront of the debate. "I am interested in what the elephants do - not what we can make them do. After a pause, Richard explains "I am like a liberal social worker in a penitentiary.
...
Richard's chosen role to help protect the animals he loves is to work with the National Elephant Institute and raise money for projects such as the Elephant Hospital and Mobile Veterinary Clinic.
It would be nice for Richard if the world was as simple as it was when as a three-year old he visited the zoo for the first time. But that is not the world he lives in today and there are no simple answers to the future of elephants in Thailand, yet he remains optimistic. "Realistic solutions to the problems facing these animals can only come when people of good will, tolerant to the opinions of others, reflect on theory - conscience, if you like - but reject it when it contravenes common sense.... Perhaps the most hopeful sign is that the Thai public, once blissfully unaware of the elephant's plight, is now highly motivated in helping to protect their beloved elephants. While challenges remain, with people like Richard on their side the elephants' future in Thailand is starting to look brighter.
ABOUT RICHARD LAIR
Richard Lair, from San Francisco, California, has intensively studied the Asian elephant for 31 years - 27 in Thailand - and is presently Advisor and International Relations Officer at the National Elephant Institute of Thailand, based at the Forest Industry Organization's Thai Elephant Conservation Center, in Lampang province. Initially he was interested only in wild elephants and thus began his work in Thailand with Dr. Bonsoong Lekagul at the Association for the Conservation of Wildlife, the Kingdom's first conservation NGO.
He is a member of the IUCN/SSC Asian Elephant Specialist Group (AESG) and wrote Gone Astray: The Care and Management of the Asian Elephant in Domesticity for the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). He is also the author of The Elephant In Thai Life, published by Asia Books. His latest publication is (in both Thai and English editions) a "Care Manual for Mahouts and Camp Managers", published by FAO, translated into Japanese with a Lao edition underway. Richard has also translated a S.E.A. Write award winning novel, "High Banks, Heavy Logs" from Thai to English.
Last but not least, he is co-founder of the Thai Elephant Orchestra.
...
by Richard Lair


[ Mulatta Records ]

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The Thai Elephant Orchestra was co-founded by Richard Lair of the Thai Elephant Conservation Center in Lampang and performer/composer Dave Soldier.


[ Mulatta Records ]

www.mulatta.org [cached]

The Thai Elephant Orchestra was co-founded by Richard Lair of the Thai Elephant Conservation Center in Lampang and performer/composer Dave Soldier.


[ Mulatta Records ]

mulatta.org [cached]

The Thai Elephant Orchestra was co-founded by Richard Lair of the Thai Elephant Conservation Center in Lampang and performer/composer Dave Soldier.

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