“The question is, are we happy to suppose that our grandchildren may never be able to see an elephant except in a picture book?” David Attenborough
Elephant Nature Park is a sanctuary for the giant Asian elephants located just outside Chiang Mai, Thailand, where approximately 33 rescued elephants reside, along with their handlers.
Founded by a woman named Lek at the present site in 2003, the park provides a much needed haven for these massive threatened creatures, many of whom have suffered abuse working in the logging industry.
Most of the animals have suffered some sort of trauma and injuries, but are able to live out their days on the sanctuary with the care and love they deserve. To hear Lek describe it, the elephants and their handlers are ‘friends’, who work and live closely together here on the sanctuary.
To visit the sanctuary, you can organize a tour from many locations throughout Chiang Mai, where you can receive pick up from your accommodation. There are options for day trips or for overnight stays. At the park, you are given the chance to help bathe and feed the elephants, but you will never see anyone riding on one here!