Phuket Elephant Sanctuary is a Loving Home for Elephants
One of the activities on my “must do” list when we went to Phuket, Thailand was to see the largest land mammals on earth – – elephants. I adore elephants and was not going to leave the island without seeing at least one. Luckily, on the day that we were leaving, we were able to tour the Phuket Elephant Sanctuary. It was important to me that we find an ethical sanctuary and the Phuket Elephant Sanctuary is the only ethical elephant sanctuary in Phuket.
The sanctuary opened in 2016 and currently has eight elephants. This the final home for old and injured elephants who were forced to work in the tourism or logging industry. All of the elephants have endured physical pain and injuries from ordering them to comply with the labor demands.
Phuket Elephant Sanctuary Facts:
The Phuket Elephant Sanctuary is a joint partnership between Mr. Montri Todtane, a Phuket elephant camp owner, and world-renowned elephant rescuer and conservationist Lek Chailert, founder of Save Elephant Foundation.
Following the success of Lek Chailert's highly acclaimed Elephant Nature Park with elephant's in their natural environment in Chiang Mai, the Phuket Elephant Sanctuary is the first of its kind in Phuket and seeks to meet the highest standard in animal welfare: rescuing, retiring, and rehabilitating elephants that have suffered from working in the trekking and logging industries.
Over the past 10 years, Lek has been a driving force of change in the industry by inviting elephant riding camp owners to embrace change through the Save Elephant Foundation's ‘Saddle Off' program. Although there is still work to be done, her continuous and tireless efforts have resulted in many camp owners approaching Elephant Nature Park to learn more about elephant welfare and ethical tourism. Mud bathing with elephants is not ethical and is not done at this Sanctuary where they just want to live out the rest of their lives in peace and good health.
Anyone that has read my blog or knows me personally can attest to, my motto is to “Choose Love” above all else. The owners of the Phuket Elephant sanctuary definitely chose love by saving these poor elephants from a lifetime of abuse.
Check out a video of the elephants swimming! (Credit: Phuket Elephant Sanctuary)
The Elephants at Phuket Elephant Sanctuary
Gawe Ta (Early 50's) Rescued December 8, 2016
Jan Jao (39 years old) Rescued August 30, 2017
Kannika (35 years old) Rescued September 20, 20
Madee (68 years old) Rescued September 20, 2016
Richy (70 years old) Rescued January 25, 2018
Sai Tong (55 years old) Rescued April 19, 2018
Sroy Fah (Early 30's) Rescued February 8, 2018
Tong Kwaw (38 years old) Rescued December 14, 2017
Five Fun Facts I Learned About Elephants:
- An elephant’s trunk weighs around 400 pounds and contains around 100,000 different muscles.
- Elephants have finger-like appendages at the tip and are nimble enough to pluck a single blade of grass.
- Elephants are thought to have the best sense of smell of all animals. Not too surprising as they have the largest nose in the world.
- Elephants do not use their trunks to drink through. They use their trunks to draw water and then spray it into their mouths.
- The wrinkles in an elephant's skin hold in moisture which helps to keep their skin healthy.
Save the Elephants!
If you are ever in Phuket, I highly recommend a visit to the Phuket Elephant Sanctuary and see these rescued elephants in their natural habitat! As I mentioned before, it is the only ethical elephant sanctuary in Phuket. That are several elephant sanctuaries, so make sure to select this one. You can find details on the address, tour information, cost, etc. by clicking on one of their social channels below. They also offer volunteer programs!
We were hosted by the Phuket Elephant Sanctuary and not compensated to write this post.
As always, the views expressed in my post are my own.
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