Elephant Nature Park is a unique elephant rescue project set in Northern Thailand. Established in the 1990′s the aim has always been to provide a sanctuary and rescue center for elephants in Thailand
The park is based in Chiang Mai province, Northern Thailand, some 60km north of Chiang Mai city and Chiang Mai International Airport (CNX)
Elephant Nature Park has rescued over 30 distressed elephants throughout the country and has received numerous awards from institutions including the Smithsonian. The founder, Sangduen Chailer, was named Asian Hero of the Year by Time magazine in 2005 and the park has been featured in many international publications including National Geographic magazine as well as feature documentaries from numerous film production companies including Animal Planet, BBC, National Geographic, CNN and many others.
Visit the park’s website for information on elephant conservation projects, general elephant knowledge, traditional local lifestyles, jungle herbs, photographs and multi-media. Find out more about Elephant Nature Park and how it is helping the highly endangered creatures of the area. The site covers the efforts of Lek’s conservation projects.
In this area which abounds with elephant parks and camps, this is the only one which rescues mistreated elephants, allows them heal and to live naturally in their self-chosen family groups. The emphasis is on rescue and conservation rather than ‘shows’ or training. Lots of rescue dogs and cats also live at the centre, apparently at ease with their giant neighbours.
Prepare to be moved to tears by the obvious happiness of the elephants, saved from the horrendous conditions they had previously endured working or performing. Enjoy feeding them, and then wade into the river to bathe them. Watch them inter-connect and display their obvious affection for each other. Suitable for all ages including young children or retirees. Sensitive souls can enjoy the animals and the amazing scenery without watching the optional video which shows the immensely cruel training methods traditionally used (If you prefer to sit this out you can spend a quiet half hour just contemplating the elephants as they rest after lunch).
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