Ecotourism Promotes ‘Mahout’ Welfare
The Jakarta Post
PREMIUM Hot meal: Mahout Katiyo prepares porridge for his elephants. (Arif Suryobuwono)Being a mahout was a poorly paid job before the development of the Tangkahan Elephant Ecotourism Camp in 2002. Back in 1993, when working as a mahout for the Aceh chapter of the Natural Resources Conservation Agency (BKSDA Aceh) in Aceh, Sudiono was paid a monthly stipend of Rp 75,000 (US$5.45). In 2002, he was transfe...