Truly Elephant Friendly Camp Opens in Northern Thailand

"Chang-Chill offers interactions with elephants that do not stress the animals and do not put visitors or mahouts in harm’s way.”

Truly Elephant Friendly Camp Opens in Northern Thailand

CHIANG MAI – In 2017 the World Animal Protection, along with various travel industry leaders, presented a business case to a group of about 15 elephant camps in Thailand. The international animal welfare organization and travel leaders sought to demonstrate the growing demand for “observation-only,” “elephant friendly” tourism. In addition to detailing the public’s growing […]

Chiang Rai to House Saved Elephants in Newly Built Sanctuary

Elephant tourism has a bad reputation, with many being kept in cruel conditions and forced to dance for food.

Chiang Rai to House Saved Elephants in Newly Built Sanctuary

  CHIANG RAI  – The state-run Myanmar Timber Enterprise employed 3,000 captive elephants to move natural resources out of the rain forest. This makes it the largest population of captive Asian elephants in the world. However, since 2014, a ban on exporting raw materials left these elephants without a purpose and, crucially, without proper care. […]

Is It Ever Okay to Ride Elephants While on Vacation? It’s Complicated

Is It Ever Okay to Ride Elephants While on Vacation? It’s Complicated

CHIANG RAI – Few subjects elicit more impassioned debate than elephant tourism. Organizations like People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals and World Animal Protection have mounted influential media campaigns denouncing riding, where they show elephants as young as 18 to 24 months old being chained up and beaten with bullhooks. Large tour operators like […]