Florida has Disney World, Paris has the Eiffel Tower, Egypt has the pyramids, and Thailand has Elephants.
One thing Thailand is famous for is unique experiences with the wise giants of the forest, the elephant. However, as elephant riding has become such a tourist highlight in Thailand, there are many places where elephants are very poorly treated in order to profit off of this hype. We decided to highlight instead some of the beautiful elephant sanctuaries in Thailand, and all the good they do for these creatures.
This is a rescue and rehabilitation center in Northern Thailand where tourists can visit and see these elephants firsthand in their natural environment. There are a range of ways you may interact with the elephants, from admiring them in their habitat, to feedings, and even weekend stays filled with hiking alongside these majestic animals including camping near the herd.
“Elephant Nature Park is a unique project set in Chiang Mai province, Northern Thailand. Established in the 1990’s our aim has always been to provide a sanctuary and rescue centre for elephants. The park is located some 60km from the city and has provided a sanctuary for dozens of distressed elephants from all over Thailand.”
This sanctuary responds to reports of abused elephants all over Thailand, and provides them with a home where they can be cared for and treated with respect by their caretakers. It is also home to cows and bulls, among other animals. Anyone can adopt an elephant from Boon Lott’s sanctuary in order to help them continue their mission of saving elephants in distress, and giving them a good retirement life at the sanctuary.
BLES strives to rescue and protect the elephants of Thailand from abuse and ultimate extinction. They provide a safe home focused on individual survival and relearning social skills.
Organizations such as this strive to rescue and protect the elephants of Thailand from abuse and ultimate extinction. We provide a safe home where we focus on individual survival and relearning social skills.
This wildlife foundation is dedicated to saving the lives of animals who have suffered abuse and suffered at the hands of illegal trade of animals in Thailand. The foundation offers half day and day experiences to interact with the animals that call this wildlife home, giving up close encounters with elephants and other animals such as bears and monkeys. The foundation brings guests to animal feedings, and prides themselves on educating visitors in order to better the lives of the animals they save.
WFFT is a nationwide effort involved in rescuing domesticated/ captive wild animals. Edwin Wiek still heads this project with the help from a team of full time staff, mostly from the local village, and a team of international volunteers who pay for their stay. Without the dedication of volunteers, WFFT would not be able to continue to help these animals.
Seeing an elephant up close is truly a magical experience, especially when you enjoy this amazing creature in their natural habitat. We hope many of our students have this wonderful experience while visiting Thailand!