A mahout rests with his elephant at Elephant World sanctuary outside Kanchanaburi, Thailand.
The mahouts at Elephant World are members of the Karen ethnic group from the mountainous region between Burma and Thailand. The current Burmese government has persecuted ethnic minorities and forced them out of Burma. The Karen people are among the displaced groups who now live as refugees in Thailand.
The mahouts walk their elephants to the river to bathe.
A mahout rides his elephant. The elephants that live at Elephant World were all working elephants rescued from the logging or tourist industries.
A mahout and his son.
A mahout harvesting sugar cane and bananas for the elephants.
Elephants bathe in the river.
A mahout stands on his elephant’s back to look over the thick forest brush.