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Elephants of Thailand

 

 

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The elephant is the National Symbol of Thailand however they face a decline in natural habitat, ivory poachers, and even killing by humans hands. Mahouts (elephant handlers) often bring domesticated elephants into cities seeking work and sell bananas to tourists to feed them, which can place them in danger due to the damaged roads and footpaths on which they walk, as well as the busy roads. There are also many tours in Thailand offering tourists a ride on an elephant in a tiny basket on their backs. 

There is an Elephant Conservation Park in Lampang, northern Thailand (just south of Chiang Mai) where people can see great work being done to accommodate and care for Elephants that have been injured, retired from hard labour and rescued, as well as undertake a Mahout training course over 1, 2 or 3 days. It offers accommodation in the camp and you can learn everything you need to know about the plight of the Thai Elephant (and how to drive one!!). See the website for details and bookings.

 

 

 

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