I volunteered at Elephant Nature Park for one week and was sad to leave as I felt I'd only just touched the surface of learning about Elephants.
The opportunity to engage with the Elephants, learn about family dynamics of Elephants and work and support this sanctuary was fantastic!! The reality of the plight of the Asian elephants and their steady decline in Thailand and Asia in general is saddening. Once again, humans will cause the extinction of a species if people like Lek Chaillert (the founder) don't step in to make a difference.
All of the elephants at the sanctuary have been rescued from horrific circumstances, some of their with physical scars, all of them with mental scars from the treatment they have received at the hand of humans, yet these elephants are still gentle, friendly creatures who have thankfully been given the opportunity to live the remainder of their life in the tranquility of the sanctuary.
As a volunteer you work on all that is "elephant" from food preparation, poo scooping, feeding, field work and elephant bathing which is great fun!! Everything you do is to benefit these beautiful animals.
The food, staff and surrounding scenery is amazing. The education and inspiration you receive from the founder, her husband and the staff is fantastic. I recommend Elephant Nature Park to all that would prefer to get educated about Elephants and have the opportunity to understand these magnificent animals rather than riding them and watching them do tricks.
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