Elephant Rescue Park, Chiang Mai

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Must see · Nature / Park · Wildlife Area
The Elephant Rescue Park is a newly established sanctuary in the Chiang Mai province of Thailand, created to be a forever home for homeless and abused elephants. In Thailand, we have a long and deeply traditional relationship with these magnificent animals, however, much of this relationship has been based on the exploitation of elephants by humans in the form of circus shows, the tourism industry, the logging industry and elephant back riding, among others.

Our primary objective is to provide a safe, loving and secure environment for the elephants that come to us, which we are able to do with your help, through visiting our beautiful sanctuary and supporting us through adoptions, donations and various fundraising projects.
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  • I visited on the morning half day program on boxing day and it was one of the best presents I ever had. My guide Sam took the time to explain everything about the elephants and their natural habitat.....  more »
  • Wow, what a privilege this experience was. In the past, like many, I have fell into the tourist trap of elephant “sanctuaries” where the promise of happy well kept animals is the tag line - with the.....  more »
  • Wow, what a privilege this experience was. In the past, like many, I have fell into the tourist trap of elephant “sanctuaries” where the promise of happy well kept animals is the tag line - with the reality being somewhat different but this experience was on a whole new level. No rides, no chains, no cages and no shows makes this a truly intimate and unique experience. The Elephant Rescue Park is a lush and expansive landscape where the elephants get to enjoy freedom and above all else around the clock care, love and attention. It was truly amazing to be able to walk alongside and interact with these wonderful animals whilst they went about their everyday life. This beautiful habitat rescues elephants from various backgrounds including logging, riding and circus industries and gives them a place to live their life surrounded by everything they enjoy. The carers were amazing with a clear and special bond between them and the animal and it was a joy to watch the interaction. UK based volunteers Julie and Steve were very knowledgeable, super inviting and a pleasure to be in the company of. They looked after us during our time at the park and made us feel welcome at every opportunity - thank you! If you are looking for a truly special experience and have a love for elephants then this is the place for you, don’t even consider other attractions no matter how many bells and whistles they may offer. I will definitely be making another trip here given the opportunity, it was incredible. Thank you Elephant Rescue Park, Steve & Julie and everyone else for an unforgettable experience. 🙏🏻🙏🏻
  • The elephants are rescued from abuse of people (this includes circuses, businesses that use elephants for logging or for riding, etc.). The sanctuary makes sure that the elephants are taken cared of and are nursed back to recovery if they have injuries. So instread of riding them, its far better to spend a day with them You get to feed them, learn interesting things about them, walk with them and bathe them. The team over there is amazing, and the experience of being with the elephants would be great for kids as well.

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