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Maesa Elephant Camp

Mae Sa subdistrict, Mae Rim, Thailand
+66 5320 6247
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Ranked #5 of 20 Attractions in Mae Rim
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Activities for older children
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW via mobile

These beautiful & intelligent animals cannot be rode & will not perform for us without brutal force. Elephants are beaten into submission and torn from their mothers when they are young for our entertainment. Horrible experience.

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Chiang Mai, Thailand
4 reviews 4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

Having lived in Thailand for 5 years or so, we've been to this elephant camp countless times with friends and family. And I'm here again today with the nephews. And nothing I've seen so far has caused reason for concern. The elephants are healthy, bear no scars or signs of alleged 'abuse', or any poking of animals. In contrast, there... More

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

My husband and I went to this camp, I suppose having a romantic and naive view of seeing the Asian elephants and that they would be well looked after by the thai people. Well that all changed from the moment we stepped in the place and it couldn't have been further from the truth. More like a concentration camp.... Elephants... More

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Campbell, California
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

The abuse includes: 1) Cross-shaped paint brushes being shoved up their trunks so they can be held properly. 2) "Trainers" poking them with fire-stokers in order to comply. 3) Once the stokers have become scary enough, the "trainers" use nails to poke them with as a reminder of the original pain. 4) Oh...and they are taught this as babies. Who... More

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

Please do your research on how they so call train these elephants to paint. Places like this need to come to an end. I was recently visiting this area and this was suggested to me to visit. I did my research and chose to go to investigate what I had uncovered. I could hardly stand to be there. These elephants... More

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South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014 NEW

We were very impressed with the set-up at Maesa Elephant Camp. We arrived in time to watch the elephants enjoying their baths...they really seemed to enjoy playing in the water. We were most impressed with the fact that there were ladies collecting the elephant dung, which apparently is later used in the manufacture of "unique" dung paper... nothing goes to... More

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Montreal, Canada
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014 NEW

Elephant painting camps, like Maesa Elephant Camp, thrives on the tourism industry. Between vacationers who visit the camp, to people who purchase and share elephant painting and merchandise, camps like Maesa are able to continue operation. There are also countless videos featuring elephants painting in this manner on the internet. Be sure not to share videos that feature elephants who... More

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Seattle, Washington, United States
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014 NEW

Do not be fooled. A visit supports the cruel captivity and abuse of the sweet, innocent elephants. We learned that they are taken from their mothers at 2 years old, but in the wild families stay together for life. Don't participate in the "breaking" of these majestic beings.

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Southampton, United Kingdom
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014 NEW

Elephants are trained to paint and perform other tasks by having their spirit broken. These intelligent creatures are beaten, chained, tortured and brutalised. BOYCOTT these Thai attractions. Look at information on line to see the truth about elephant "training". They take babies from their mothers and hit them to break them. Cruelty beyond belief. Google it, you will find the... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

This place is a unique tourist attraction in Northern Thailand. As tourists we enjoyed the experience of riding on the elephants and the elephant shows. There's a lot of negative comments on the cruel methods used to train the elephants to perform unnatural tasks. However this issue of animal cruelty should also be raised for circus and other animal shows... More

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