Maesa Elephant Camp

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K S
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Something unnatural. Think about it.
Jul 2021 • Friends
An elephant is not a domesticated animal like a dog so don’t compare the two. Imagine a baby elephant being separated from its mother only to be beaten and abused for months in an effort to break its will and to force the elephants to perform movements with a paintbrush which we stupidly call painting. The guides never stepped away from the elephant and often keep there hand on the elephant. Heard from others that the close contact “motivated” the elephants to move the paintbrush left/right/up/down or else their ears would be poked or stabbed with a bull hook or hidden nail in the trainers hand. I love a good show more than anyone but come on people. Let’s use some common sense. Damn!!
Written August 19, 2021
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Nicolina
San Francisco, CA12 contributions
Elephant Blackfish
Jun 2021
I can't believe how many reviews here recommend this horrendous camp. How difficult is it to simply look online to view the videos and images of the mistreatment. Maybe they've been removed due to how offensive they are, but if you're actually there - as I was - it is obvious to ANYONE who has ANY education at all regarding animal behavior that the elephants here are both distressed and mistreated, possibly more traumatically than can be imagined. It's difficult for me to understand how any human being can be oblivious to the point so as to enjoy the equivalent of an elephant Sea World, but then again, I have to remind myself how successful Sea World was until Blackfish exposed what so many people had been saying for years. I don't oppose certain captive breeding programs. There are certain successful panda breeding programs in China that are run ethically, there's the San Diego Zoo and many preserves and sanctuaries around the world. But this deplorable, repugnant and despicable 'camp' is the equivalent of an elephant concentration camp that offers shows to visitors to flaunt its prisoners' skills that have been beaten into them. Elephants are incredibly intelligent creatures, with extreme empathy who demonstrate grief and maintain familial ties and a deep ability to perceive the world around them. They are more intelligent than the average 2 year old. So if you would have a problem with a 3 year old child being kept in captivity and being forced to put on shows of his/her talent to draw pictures for crowds, than you should oppose this - what is happening behind the scenes is horrific and absolutely cannot be promoted.
Written July 6, 2021
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Sofía M
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NOT ETHICAL
Jul 2020
not ethical dont support this crap. Elephants are abused
Elephants "paint" because they are beaten into learning the behaviour

Bull hooks or the more discrete method, a nail that can be hidden in the mahout’s hand, is shoved into the soft tissue of the elephant’s ear.

To train the elephant to move the brush to create stroke patterns that we recognize as flowers, trees, or even an elephant, the mahouts use these painful prods to guide the elephant’s movements. Further, if an elephant paints incorrectly, they are beaten, either with a bullhook, or physically hit on their head or trunk.
Written June 24, 2021
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L G C
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ELEPHANT ABUSE
Jul 2020
we went here over the summer because I've always loved animals and wanted to see one. Our original plans for a safari got cancelled so we came here instead. We went to watch the elephants paint and to see the parade, and I could clearly see scars on the ear of a four year old elephant showing it had been beaten into painting. During the parade we saw people riding the elephants with bull hooks in their hands. DO NOT GO HERE. It enforces elephant abuse, choose somewhere humane instead.
Written February 3, 2021
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Richard J
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Absolute disgust
Sep 2019
Don't go. These people abuse the elephants. The elephants are beaten and their spirits are broke. There is nothing cute about this.
Written August 1, 2020
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chris G
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Animal Cruelty
Dec 2019
Horrible treatment of Elephants. They beat elephants into submission to make them do what they want.
Written June 22, 2020
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fconwayhughes
Seaview, UK127 contributions
A great way to spend a morning in Chiang Mai!
Feb 2020 • Couples
Happy elephants, some rescued, some born in the Camp. They love bathing in the river, and seem to be glad to see the people.
Written March 10, 2020
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YapFC
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia137 contributions
Highly entertaining...
Feb 2020
The visit to this elephant park was definitely one of the highlight of my trip to Chiang Mai. The park is very clean and well maintained. The elephant show was very entertaining and shows the playful side of these strong yet gentle creatures. They have been trained to paint and play games. No doubt it is not natural but I would prefer they be doing these in a safe environment rather than being led around the streets of Bangkok or working in the jungle pulling logs. Generally, they seem to be well fed and happy. Feeding the elephants shows me how strong they really are.... I am sure kids would enjoy this experience. Photo opportunities are aplenty at the end of the show. This is a must visit spot in Chiang Mai!
Written February 15, 2020
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Forest
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Educational and entertaining
Jan 2020
Watch the elephants get a bath in the river, feed, ride and get kissed by an elephant and visit the nursery.
Written February 12, 2020
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chutotoro
338 contributions
Enjoyable show but treatment of the elephants were questionable
Feb 2020 • Couples
Came here as part of a package tour. The elephant show was enjoyable. Wouldn't go into the details since many reviews below already commented on that. Despite that many times during the show, I had this nagging thought that elephants shouldnt be doing these human activities eg drawing, playing ball etc. I also wondered whether the trainers pulling elephants' ears to get them submit was ethical. They mentioned the facility has an elephant hospital though and tourists were encouraged to purchase the paintings to contribute to the hospital work. Do it at your own discretion.
Written February 3, 2020
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