Witnessing Jan and his gentle beast Wandee for the past week was a treat. Aside from the forty eight year old having more tricks and pranks than a 12 year old, he possessed a laugh and smile that was contagious. He reminded me of someone you would coin as the "favorite" uncle because of his playful nature. He sat aside the smiles and laughs for a few minutes to tell me that Wandee, who was one of the favorites, was his companion because she chose him. He said the feeling was intrinsic and they both knew they were to be bonded for life. He has only been Wandee's master for nine years, but saying only doesn't mean the task is an easy one. Being a Mahout is a day to day commitment that requires patience, trust, discipline and rugged strength. One of the things Jan enjoys about Wandee is the fact that she is fairly easy to control. She's always notorious for hitting other elephants when it is too hot. Jan is also supporting two daughters and loves them dearly.
Before concluding Jan had a message to the world: "Come to Asia because the elephants are amazing creatures that need to be helped and saved."