352,271 African elephants was @vulcaninc last count of the #greatelephantcensus in 2016. 5 million elephants roamed Africa just 60 years ago.
to save them!
Thank you @ryemmerson for sharing this footage of a beautiful, heathy herd from your #africa adventure!
As a child I looked up to humanitarians. That’s all I wanted to be when I grew up! We can all share love and help in many ways. Any help you give, matters! Whether you’re donating money, packing a lunch for the homeless, teaching, or simply listening to someone’s story, it truly matters.
As many of you know my husband and I went to Thailand this summer. We were able to learn about the abuse elephants face with tourism. In order to ride an elephant the elephant first goes through a “breaking of spirit” process where they are chained and abused for a period of time until obedient. Please do not ride elephants!!! We also were able to learn about sanctuaries who are not what they say they are. They label themselves as cruelty free but anytime you bath with the elephants and the organization is not non profit please be wary. The organization should be non profit and the elephants should not be made for your entertainment.
When it comes to pets you all know how much my dogs and cat mean to me. My dream is to have hundreds of animals to help and rescue. Look into organizations like the humane society and find out how to adopt and help!
Homelessness is something that I dearly care about. Many people don’t realize why and how someone became homeless they see people without a home as beneath them or druggies. What people don’t realize is that a lot of these people are vets, domestic abuse victims who had no where to go, human trafficking victims etc... when people tell them to get a job or use one of the government programs you have to understand the trauma and abuse these people have gone through. They don’t trust easily. They subside their pain. And if they do try to get a job or use one of the programs they might get turned away due to no availability, they may not get a job because they don’t have clean clothes a shower or even an address. Educate yourself on homelessness and how to help. Carry extra snacks in your car, collect your change. If someone asks just help them out.
Lastly let us spread love throughout our lives. #dontrideelephants#helpthehomeless#holidays#christmas#spreadlove#bekind#savetheelephants#elephantnaturepark#thailand#humanesociety
No riding, no hooks, no enclosures, just 60 hectares of jungle, a million bananas and a few awestruck tourists 🐘🐘🐘 .
The Vang Vieng Elephant Sanctuary is a super ethical organisation that rescues elephants from the labour and abusive tourist industry, bringing them to the sanctuary where small groups can visit for an elephant-led feeding and bathing session. .
Rather than buying the elephants, and thus increasing the market demand, they rent them from the owners each month. .
Getting so close to the elephants was incredible, especially knowing that they were so well looked after.
We believe things happen for a reason! Found this bracelet while spending time at the beach recently ... Could it be a good omen? #elephantlove ❤️🐘❤️
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WOW I can't believe it's already been a year! I miss diving in Koh Rong, the early feedings at the elephant sanctuaries, hanging out the back of pickup trucks, and all the amazing people I got to meet along the way! Can't wait to go back... #cambodia#thailand#dontrideelephants#marineconservation
🇮🇳 Organizace Wildlife SOS pomaha zachranovat slony, medvedy a jina zvirata ze soukromych vlastnictvi, kde se k nim majitele chovaji hrozne: sloni pracuji, predvadi se v cirkusech ci na ulicich, nedostavaji adekvatni jidlo a nemaji zadne veterinarni osetreni. Krome toho jsou navic fyzicky i psychicky tyrani (biti, bodani, svazovani, neumozneni socialni interakce s jinymi slony, neleceni zraneni, stres v indickych ulicich,..). Je-li slon stary nebo nemocny, casto ho majitel opusti a necha napospas "osudu".
Lidi z Wildlife SOS slony se zlomenou dusi a osobnosti zachranuji, pecuji o ne ve svem centru a s pomoci dobrovolniku a navstevniku ziskavaji nove prostredky na zachranu dalsich zvirat. A co vic, mahutum (slonim "strazcum" a "trenerum", casto prostrednikum mezi slonem a majitelem) nabidnou praci v centru, takze mahut muze stale zivit rodinu, ale slonovi je doprana volnost. A majitel, diky bohu, ostrouha, protoze co jinyho by si taky mel zaslouzit...
Podobnejch zachrannejch stanic je na svete hodne. Takze pokud touzite po setkani s exotickou (jako my), nemusite platit za jizdu na slonovi. Ta totiz neni ani za mak cool. Bezte je navstivit do centra, jako je Wildlife SOS, slon bude 20 cm pred vama, staci ruku natahnout. S respektem a pokud vam to slon/mahut/organizace dovoli.
Trunks up if you support no elephant riding and only visit ethical elephant experiences when you travel? Karen Elephant Retirement is a project in Chiang Mai, Northern Thailand, supported by @saveelephantfoundation and only allows mild interaction with elephants, instead focusing on visitors observing them in their natural habitat doing what elephants do (eating, bathing, taking a mud bath, walking, searching for grass, playing...). For a full list of ethical elephant experiences recommended by @elephantnaturepark go visit @asianelephantprojects 🐘🙏🏻❤️
I dag har været en af de dage, hvor oplevelserne har fået fuld skrue...en dag jeg vil holde tæt til mit hjerte. @ulla.loose.andreasen og jeg har været ude og passe elefanter her til formiddag. Lavet mad til dem, fodret dem, lavet olier til deres hud, og plejet dem og vi har badet og leget med elefanterne.
Hvis du nogensinde skal til Phuket, så MÅ du opleve det her sted, hvor hjertet er, hvor hjertet skal være: ved elefanterne ❤️❤️❤️ #elephantretirement9deephuket#iloveelephants#playdaywithelephants#dontrideelephants#ilovephuket ❤️ #vacation
This picture was taken at the Elephant Sanctuary in Chiang Mai Thailand. The Elephant Sanctuary was very informative about Elephant abuse in Thailand and surrounding countries. When I went to Thailand I knew I wanted to interact with the Elephants, but refused to ride them and would not support a company that used elephants for money and tourists. This experience was beautiful and painful. I laughed and cried. I was playing with one elephant and getting “too comfortable” with her. She wrapped her trunk around my wrist and the guides freaked out and had to pry her trunk from my wrist. They explained to me that she “wanted to play”. (I will go with that answer...🤷🏻♀️) She was ready to throw me in the air like a ball 🤣😫!!! All I could think of at the time was “I’m glad I got that travelers insurance.” I would have been completely crippled if that happened. The lesson to this story is that these are massive animals and I probably should not have been that playful with her. This day will forever be in my memories and I have no regrets. #elephantsanctuarychiangmai#elephants#thailand#dontrideelephants#elephantsofinstagram#travel#instatravel#vacation#animals#travelinsurance#chiangmai#chiangmaithailand
C H I A N G M A I
So the official photographs from the @elephantjunglesanctuary are up and I came across this one of me and ‘Naughty Girl’. ‘Naughty Girl’ is the nickname given to this 23-year-old female that was rescued by the sanctuary after years spent in a zoo. She would dance for food, perform and be subject to cruel conditions. Here, she lives in the jungle and is cared for by the sanctuary. I spent one day with them, and was lucky to be able to have a glimpse of these incredibly human creatures.
In the early 20th century, there were over 100,000 elephants living in Thailand. Today, there is somewhere in the region of 4000. Thankfully, camps like the Elephant Jungle Sanctuary are growing, and not a moment too soon.
As a traveller, it is extremely important to spend your money in ways that align with your values. Your dollar is a vote on the tourism practices that take place in the country you’re visiting. What you spend it on is what you support. Therefore it is crucial to do your research ahead of time, so that you know you’re supporting and encouraging ethical, responsible tourism. This is especially true when it comes to interacting with wild animals. I try my best not to preach but this is a cause I am very passionate about: please, don’t ride elephants!
I’ve written an entire post about the exploitation of elephants across Asia, as well as my own experience visiting an elephant sanctuary in Thailand. The cruelty, suffering, and abuse these majestic creatures are forced to endure for the sake of entertaining tourists is beyond heartbreaking. Spreading awareness about the horrors behind elephant tourism is more necessary than ever, as tourism to these countries continues to rise. Link in Bio to read. 🐘🐘🐘 #standupforelephants
One of my ‘very 💗’ favorites @balirescuedogsquad. Continually rescuing, saving, helping, educating, loving, teaching, sharing & in need of regular financial support to help keep Bali dogs safe, healthy, loved & then fostered & hopefully rehomed. Which, for those of us who’ve been to Bali, KNOW that’s also a massive challenge. Please give what you can xxx @balirescuedogsquad I’m sure many of us are out buying excess food, presents & just ‘crap’ for Christmas 🙄😉🎄🐶🐶🐶. Bang a few bucks where it’s needed, won’t end up in landfill & 1000000% appreciated xx #rescuedogs#balirescue#balistreetdogs#BRDS#bali#donate
I post constantly of the torture India’s elephants face daily but I want to take a moment to focus on the horses who sadly also are suffer the same fate. These poor horses are whipped so hard and their injuries are concealed with decorative clothes and ornaments, spike bits are put into the horses mouths to cause them serious pain, making their gums bleed to keep them under control. Nick Jonas and his wife Priyanka Chopra decided to celebrate their wedding day at the expense of these torture, helpless souls. Money can not buy you class or a good heart. They should be using their spotlight for good. Speak for the voiceless. What I’m sure was the happiest day of their lives was another sad day of slavery/ misery for the animals. #letlive#india#endthetorture#captivitykills#dontrideelephants#savehorses#maketheconnection#india#endthetorture
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I realised one of my dream by meeting elephants in chiang mai of course i choose a place where you don't ride them. So it's make me so sad to see so many tourists photos riding elephants in Thailand. You might just want dome souvenirs but it's a disgusting thing to do! Even in the center i was super reluctant to actually touch them. They are beautiful and wild animals not some kind of toys!
If you want to know more about that, try to research phajaan; it's horrible and if you love elephants DON'T RIDE THEM!!!
#elephant 🐘 #elephantjunglesanctuary#chiangmai#bananas#trompe#éléphant#象#バナナ 🍌 #dontrideelephants#象のらないで
#happyelephant#happyme 🐘😍 Wusstest du, dass alleine in Thailand ca. 2500 Elefanten in Gefangenschaft leben?
Es gibt hier nur noch etwa 1500 Freilebende.
Als Touristenattraktion werden sie dazu gezwungen, auf lauten Straßen für Fotos zu posieren, Touristen auf sich reiten zu lassen und Kunststücke im Zirkus vorzuführen.
Da sich Elefanten in Gefangenschaft selten vermehren, werden die Jungen gewildert und ihre Familienmitglieder dabei meistens erschossen.
Sie werden tagelang bewegungsunfähig gemacht und mit einem Elefantenhaken verprügelt, um ihren Willen zu brechen und sie gefügig zu machen.
Was kann man dagegen tun?
Anstatt die Ausbeutung zu unterstützen, kannst du dich im nächsten Urlaub gegen Elefantenreiten, gegen einen Zirkusbesuch oder ein Foto mit einem verängstigten Babyelefanten entscheiden. Wenn du trotzdem Elefanten nahe kommen möchtest, kannst du einen Elefanten Park besuchen, der Tiere aus dem Tourismusgeschäft frei kauft und ihnen ein neues Leben schenkt. 🐘
Those minutes after milk.....it’s #Mondaymilkmadness , now let’s see.... we have.
1. Just standing there with disbelief, how could I drink that fast.... why?
2. Trunk goes in mouth in case of any residue.
3. Droplets on the ground. I will take every drop I can hoover. Don’t rush me I’m busy!
4. Hanging around.... never know the Green coats could lose count. Could be in with a chance here... Orphan baby elephants are fed a special milk formulae which took the late Dr Dame Daphne Sheldrick 24 years to perfect. Her dedication and her legacy in helping Kenya’s orphan baby elephants inspires me to always keep going, no matter how bad the news is, (elephants) to always keep shouting out and lending my voice to a crisis that has reached an altitude of no return. We simply must protect and preserve elephants. Everyone on board. There is no time like the present to lend your voice and to never give up helping the elephant cause.
Thank you to the team at The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust for tirelessly working with eyes in the sky, boots and paws on the ground to help our beloved elephants. What would we do without you? Thank you. 🐘💙
🎬video credit : @elephant_stories_with_fiona
🐘🌱🌍 @dswt www.dswt.org/foster
Love and Bananas.
Every single elephant who gives rides to tourists or performs in any kind of show has been tortured physically and emotionally in ways that, if you have one drop of compassion and humanity, will give you nightmares. #loveandbananas#watchit#dontrideelephants
They say an elephant never forgets, but they didn’t tell you that you’re never going to forget an elephant !!! 🐘🐘🐘. Helping feed and wash these beautiful rescued Asian Elephants at @elephanthills_thailand was a once in a lifetime experience. In other words... Best. Day. Ever 😱❤️ I never knew how rough their skin would feel or how long their eye lashes were, or how much emotion is shown in their faces 🙏🏽. These big beauties are so happy in their freedom at this sanctuary in the national park... PS- a very happy elephant seen in 6th photo having a mud bath 😂👌🏽#elephanthills#supportethicaltourism#khaosoknationalpark#elephants#thisisthailand#thailand#thailandtravel#dontrideelephants