Why am i not intimidating
The park currently cares for 36 elephants on 250 acres of wilderness. I was able to feed them fresh fruit out of the palm of my hand, watch them play in the mud, go on walks with them, and even get into the river to help give them a bath!
When I first arrived at ENP, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. Watching these gentle creatures interact with each other is a magical experience.
Their mission is to protect & care for mistreated elephants rescued from the tourism and logging industries.
Increasing awareness and promoting sustainable elephant-friendly tourism is another goal. The only other time I’d seen an elephant outside a zoo was on Safari in South Africa, when one of them charged us! You get to participate in many fun elephant activities at ENP.
Elephant mistreatment doesn’t stop after they’ve been tamed.
Many elephant camps continue to employ bull-hooks to control the animals.
I try my best not to judge others because I’m acutely aware that we all have different moral codes & standards. I just wanted to share what I’ve learned after my own elephant experience in Thailand, to help you make a more informed decision moving forward. I’m a big fan of World Nomads for short-term trips.
Most people who participate in elephant tourism in Thailand are completely unaware of how they are treated. Protect yourself from possible injury & theft abroad.
Lek created Elephant Nature Park to rescue mistreated elephants from the tourist trade and give them a better life.
The park provides day trips and week-long volunteer opportunities that allow tourists to interact with and learn about elephants in a responsible way.
As a registered Thai nonprofit foundation, fees collected go towards feeding and caring for the massive creatures, purchasing additional elephants from their abusive owners, and expanding the size of the sanctuary itself.
While they may not be stabbing them constantly like they did in training, it’s the fear of being stabbed that’s used to motivate them to work. If an elephant camp in Southeast Asia is claiming to be “responsible” with its animals, you should still be skeptical.
Remember the process used to train them is often the same, even if they’re treated with kindness now. Did you know that riding elephants can actually cause serious long-term harm too?