Anantara Appoints John Roberts as Worldwide Conservation Director

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Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas has appointed John Roberts, who has been Director of Elephants at Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort in Thailand since 2003, as its Worldwide Conservation Director.

Combining his academic background in science and engineering with his interest in the natural world, Roberts spent many years travelling the globe in search of conservation volunteer roles.

From fighting fires and making trails in the Guadalupe Mountains National Park in the desert of West Texas, his knowledge of fires was put to good use in the remote parks of Northern Australia. At Tiger Tops Jungle Lodge in Chitwan National Park, Nepal he helped with the International Trust for Nature Conservation's tiger research and other projects. Hearing of a new elephant camp being set up at a luxury resort in Thailands lush jungle, Roberts was drawn to the resorts ambition of creating unforgettable adventures for guests, as well as becoming a role model for elephant welfare and helping all of Thailands elephants.

Set up in 2003 as a traditional mahout village, Anantara Golden Triangles Elephant Camp works alongside Anantaras Golden Triangle Asian Elephant Foundation (GTAEF) to perform street rescues, provide ongoing employment and a comfortable lifestyle for each elephant and its entire mahout family, as well as to participate in bigger picture projects.

Fully self sufficient, the camp now supports more than 25 elephants and 60 people. All elephants receive the utmost care, while the mahout and his family receive food, housing, medical insurance, schooling for their children, and 100% of the profits from a traditional silk weaving business.

In addition to managing the Elephant Camp, GTAEF and research conducted by Think Elephants International, in his new worldwide conservation role, Roberts expertise and enthusiasm will benefit all Anantara properties, as well as guests.

Continuing to work closely with scientists and universities, both foreign and Thai, Roberts will ensure that conservation initiatives produce viable scientific data. These insider relationships will enable him to identify and develop projects which Anantara properties can become involved with, and where appropriate be incorporated into unique guest activities.

Roberts skills in minimising environmental damage will play a role in developing new Anantara properties. He will also draw on his impressive knowledge of scientific conservation trends and technologies to recommend best sustainable practices and assist with Green Globe certification.

John Roberts, Anantara

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