When you hear the sound of over 30 elephants trumpeting in the distance, you can be sure you are close to the Elephant Jungle Sanctuary in Chiang Mai. Serving as a home to all those elephants who were once labourers to the logging and tourism industry of Thailand, the Elephant Jungle Sanctuary is not less than heaven on Earth for these animals. During your trip to the place, you will experience the divine atmosphere in which these elephants live. Your experience will definitely become a memorable one when you reach out to the elephants and spend some time playing with them. And the best part of all is the friendliness with which the elephants accept you, responding equally to your tickling and splashing.
One of the largest elephant relief camps in the city, Maesa Elephant Camp is a conservative which houses elderly, baby and rescued elephants. They strive towards providing full comfort to them, tending to their dietary and healthcare needs. Visitors can enjoy several talent shows and skills performed by the elephants, among which painting and football are the most popular.
Founded in 1976, the Thai Elephant Care Centre serves as the last home for elderly elephants before they pass away. Staff and visitors devote their time to caring and bonding with old elephants, helping them in their daily routines of bathing, feeding and healthcare. Spending a day at this facility can be a deeply emotional and life-changing experience.
Baan Chang Elephant Park is a conservative sanctuary dedicated to the care and well-being of Asian elephants. They offer programs which offer guidance for proper communication, feeding, bathing and riding of elephants. Their mahout training sessions are useful in understanding the needs of young and old elephants, aiming at bringing man and nature closer.
Started in 2014, Elephant Retirement Park is a home to elephants, especially ones which are old and retired. It offers a safe haven for elephants who have been rescued from captivity in labour or entertainment. There are opportunities for visitors to bathe, feed, give herbal treatments to, and gain deep knowledge about these loving animals, making it an extremely fulfilling experience.
Ran-Tong Elephant Sanctuary is dedicated to the protection and conservation of abused Asian Elephants in Thailand. Additionally, they aim to educate the public about the long history of elephants within Thai culture. They provide various packages such as the Full Day and Half-Day Program wherein apart from feeding the elephants one gets to give them a mud spa or a Thai herbal massage. The various plans include the half day-morning plan, half day-evening plan, half day-morning paired with whitewater rafting, half day-morning paired with ATV. The ideal program is the overnight stay at the centre (2 Day/1 Night) where visitors get a chance to spend the day with the elephants engaging in various activities and learns to cook a traditional Thai dinner at night. Upon request, one can also enrol in one of their new programs dedicated only to baby elephants where one gets a chance to not only learn about their life but also prepare medicines for them.
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This post was published by Joysurjya Hagjer