Just like that, Chiang Mai has fulfilled one of my lifelong dreams of visiting an *elephant sanctuary ✔️. These majestic animals are such gentle giants and to be able to be up close to them...oh and the baby elephant...💕🤗- definitely THE highlight of Thailand for me! 🐘
*fyi - this sanctuary does not allow tourists to ride its elephant (this was very important to us) and is a small sanctuary that is owned by a woman in the local Karen tribe (hence our red tops). Thanks for an amazing time Thailand! A beautiful country rich in its food, culture, and its ever friendly people! 🇹🇭 .
#elephantsanctuary#asianelephants#noridingelephants ✖️ #babyelephant#mrtong#chiangmai#chiangmaielephant#bambooelephantfamilycare
This precious soul was giving #elephantrides to tourists in this state of poor health. It doesn’t take much to see how wrong that is. Please see beyond the thrill of the moment and save elephants from misery.
Thank you @lek_chailert @elephantnaturepark for rescuing this beautiful elephant. #volunteer#vegantravel
@Regrann from @elephantnaturepark - Another one beautiful soul was rescued. Our Founder, Lek Chailert and the rescue team are taking a journey to take her to the hospital. This is the old girl that we came to rescue today. Her name is Phong Sri. The mahout said that she was carrying riders just three days ago. Her condition is worse than seen last. She is very weak. We decided to take her now to the hospital. It is a twelve hour drive to go to the hospital. Please pray for her strength during the transport. Our vet has provided fluid therapy and vitamin supplements. Her ride is supportive as always, with cushioned nonslip floor and padded buffer rails. One good thing is that she is eating. Though very weak, we will do our best for her.
Long Post Alert! 🐘😄
I do not even know where to start! Well, I guess by admitting how uneducated I was when it comes to animal abuse. Not just here in Thailand but globally. You cannot even begin to understand until you hear it, see it, and truly process it. Elephants, water buffalo, dogs, cats, fish, turtles, birds, monkeys, pigs, cows, alligators, snakes etc. The list goes on and on guys.
How many of you have been to the circus? Ridden a elephant? Watched a elephant paint or fed them bananas on the street?Tiger exhibit? Animal shows? Used a “fish tank” while in other countries? 🚫🚫🚫
The TOURIST industry gets to change and WE will use OUR voices to make an impact.
Do you want to know what goes on behind scenes? Elephants do not naturally perform on stage. They do not want to carry a iron seat weighing HALF a TON on their back and lug tourists around while their bones shatter. They do not want to be dragged around cities like Bangkok with bright car lights and startling noises to be used as a attraction with street beggers. They have been “broken” meaning brutally abused, starved, and isolated until they no longer have any hope to be a true elephant again. Their masters continue to beat them until they follow their commands and give up all hope. Which is when they are ready to perform tricks and take the abuse without a fight. They may seem happy and compliant in the moment but internally they are suffering. Not only physically but mentally as well. We are human. We make mistakes. But we can make a change. Next time you see an animal being used as a attraction - think twice. How is this animal being treated? Is this a industry I want to support? The more money they make - the longer this abuse will continue. Sorry for the long long post and thanks for reading ❤️ I’m far from a expert but would love to answer any questions.
P.s we had too much fun cleaning up elephant poop today 😃🤣😃
e y e • from heaven - let us introduce you to Jokia. She is one of the rescued old ladies who are lucky to be part of the Elephant Nature Park herd. In the last 65 years she had been through a lot, working in logging industry and being abused by her mahout. When she was pregnant she still was forced to work hard in the jungle, pulling timber out of the woods, and after an accident she unfortunately had a miscarriage. Her mahout didn’t give her time to recover or even take her time with the dead baby so she suffered from physical as well as mental pain. She couldn’t handle the stress and refused to work which made her mahout very angry. So angry that he blinded one of her eyes to punish her. After she was sold, another owner blinded her second eye. In 1999 Lek and Elephant Nature Park rescued her and she finally could enjoy a happy life - and finally became part of a herd and best friends with Mae Perm and later Sri Prae and Navaan. Even though both Jokia and Sri Prae will always suffer from their handicaps, they enjoy their life side by side and never part from each other. 🐘💙🐘 #saddleoff#freeelephants
New found love for elephants. 🐘🧡 We got to spend the day feeding, playing, mud bathing and swimming with them. The ones we got to meet were saved from logging and riding camps where they had howdahs on their backs, tortured and mistreated since they were babies. It’s heartbreaking seeing as how they are such precious creatures. They’re very smart and playful, one even got upset when fed just a couple seconds too late. So precious. 😭 These strong and gentle creatures are endangered strongly due to habitat loss, illegal capture and trade for tourism industry use, and in order to do their circus tricks and be ridden, these elephants need to be tamed. And this taming process is brutal. I know taking a photo riding an elephant might be tempting for some but let’s not encourage these acts. Spread awareness. Wash elephants, don’t ride them! 🐘🧡🌼
Getting to see these magnificent creatures up close was such an overwhelmingly beautiful experience. Looking into an elephants eyes, it seems as if their wisdom and grace permeate right through you. However, these humbling animals are not a force to be reckoned with. Immediately stepping into the elephant sanctuary these beautiful creatures came walking my way and I was completely and utterly in awe and honestly a little startled. Thankfully I was able to snap a quick photo of my intimate encounter. @mandalao_elephants #soulquestt#laos#luangprabang#elephantsanctuary#dontrideelephants#grateful#wisdom#bekindtoelephants
Üks eluunistusi täidetud!
Ma olen alati tahtnud elevante lähedalt näha ja katsuda. Aastaid tagasi mõtlesin ka, et nende seljas sõitmine oleks lahe. Aga ei ole! Õnneks olen piisavalt palju vantsude kohta uurinud ja tean, et see ei ole nende selgroole hea. Ja miks peakski sõitma, kui nendega saab ka niisama aega veeta?! Tegelikult on nad natuke nagu suured koerad, et tahavad inimese seltskonda küll ja mängida ka aga vahepeal unustavad ära, kui suured nad tegelikult on 🙂 Ehk siis ettevaatlik tuleb ka olla. Ja muide nad solvuvad ka vahepeal. Näiteks kui sul on banaani ja sa talle seda ei anna vaid tahad teise elevandi juurde minna, siis tuleb ikka solvukas peale küll!
Igatahes veetsin ma imelised 2 päeva nelja elevandiga, kes on omanike käest rendile võetud. Sellepärast rendile, et omanikud kasutasid neid nt tsirkuses ja tänaval kerjamiseks. Sellel väiksel kohal pole nii palju raha, et need elevandid päriseks ära osta, sest hinnad on meeletud aga nad saavad aidata sellega, et võtavad nad enda juurde ja hoolitsevad nende eest. Omanikud on rahul, sest neid huvitab ainult raha, mitte elevantide heaolu. Ja elevandid on rahul, sest neil on palju süüa-juua, ruumi, oma mudavann ja tiik ja saavad iga päev džunglis jalutamas ja söömas käia.
Ja ka mina turistina olen väga rahul. Eriti lahe oli neid džunglis kaugemalt jälgida. Nii tugevad ja osavad! Ja kuidas nad tiigis ennast külili viskasid ja seal hulpisid (nagu mina basseinis hahha). Imeline, imeline, IMELINE kogemus! ❤️
Mitte mingit sundimist seal igatahes mina ei näinud. Kui mõni elevant näiteks tundis, et mudavanni piisavalt võetud, siis tõusis püsti ja jalutas ära ja teda ei takistatud.
NO HOOKS, NO RIDING!
Someone once told me this, "to travel is to live". I have to agree with this statement. Traveling does something to a person's soul. It changes it in ways that are indescribable. It makes the eyes see differently, the heart feel differently, and the mind think differently. Traveling heals the broken parts of us. It doesn't glue us back together, but it heals and allows us to scar beautifully and proudly. It allows us to see the beauty in the world and in us. My favorite parts of traveling are those unscheduled moments where for just one second, everything feels alright and everything is just as it should be. Maybe this moment happens while riding a bike, or while being lost in an unknown city, or while looking into the eyes of an elephant whose smile and strength brings stillness to the world. Maybe in another life I could live as a bird. This way I could fly all over the world and be still forever. @girlswhotravel #girlswhotravel#thailand#elephantsanctuary#chiangmai