British musician Paul Barton plays the piano in a jungle at rural Kanchanaburi province Thailand for rescued, orphaned, and injured elephants.
Barton, a 57-year-old concert pianist from Yorkshire, left the music halls of Europe behind in the 1990s and now only plays his classical numbers for rescued elephants. In a series of videos titled ‘Piano for Elephants’, he is seen playing a classical Beethoven to a bull elephant.
The number of Asian elephants has fallen by at least 50% in the past three generations, and the number is still declining. There are only 40,000-50,000 wild Asian elephants left, and the species is classified as endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.
Video credit: Paul Barton, Khwan Barton.