World Sounds #015 – Elephant Roar, Pai, Thailand

The next in the World Sounds series is somewhat different to the soundscapes I have so far presented. Whilst staying in Pai, a small town in the mountains of northern Thailand, we did an elephant trek through the jungle. London zoo excluded, this was the first time I’d been up and close to an elephant and I was utterly amazed at this wonderfully graceful animal, despite it’s size and power. It turned out to be one of the best experiences I had during my six month tour of Asia! But what also took me by surprise was some of the noises the elephants made. I honestly believed, like many I’m sure, that they only make the classic trumpet-style call. But elephants apparently make many different types of calls and these are often low rumbles, roars and barks. After we got back to the base (and their shelter) I grabbed my recorder to try and capture some of their calls, though they suddenly became quite shy. After patiently waiting, I managed to record a couple of barks.

Photo Credit: Auriane Schwegler

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