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“Dog Rescue Project at ENP- 2 weeks of volunteering”

Elephant Nature Park
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Elephant Nature Park, a unique conservation project set in Chiang Mai Province, Northern Thailand has been in operation since in the 1990's with a goal to provide a sanctuary and elephant rescue center. We have been involved in dozens of rescues and sustain a natural home for this endangered species. Mission: To protect and conserve elephants in a natural environment and to provide a healthy and fruitful life for all those creatures under our care
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities, Stroller parking, Activities for older children
Reviewed February 9, 2015

I couldn't find anywhere else to write this review so I hope that anyone else contemplating volunteering at the Dog RP will read this and find it helpful.
I had previously been to ENP in 2010 & 2011 as a weekly Elephant volunteer. Both visits were wonderful but I wanted to work with the dogs this time around as the numbers have swelled since my visit in 2011 & I fell in love with so many of the dogs on my previous visits.
Elephant volunteers have a lot of free time to sit and observe the Elly's and enjoy the serenity of the park. They also get to go tubing on the river that runs through the park and spend a morning at the local village school. There is also a Thai cultural night to be enjoyed at the park.
There are usually lots of Elephant volunteers so the 'chores' are usually done quickly and often the working day is over by 4pm at the latest.
Work at the dog shelter begins at 8 with a 90 minute break for lunch at 11. Work often didn't finish until 5pm or later. After all the clinic dogs are walked and fed then there are all the dogs in the outside runs to be walked, groomed and petted.
There is usually a maximum group of 9 dog volunteers each week and extra elephant volunteers are very welcome to provide additional assistance with the large numbers of dogs to be walked and groomed. Checking for ticks is especially important.
Working at the dog shelter is extremely fulfilling because you are making an immediate difference in the lives of these dogs, many of whom will spend their entire lives in the shelter.
There are just too many for all to be adopted.
If you are contemplating volunteering at the dog shelter, please don't compare it to what the Elephant volunteers will be doing.
Many things are needed at the shelter including the following; strong slip leads, dog treats that are soft & can be easily broken, grooming tools like tweezers, tick removal devices, brushes.
Easily washed, soft dog bedding would be great too. Consider leaving your towel when you go.
They desperately need toys for the puppies.
These items don't weigh much so please consider bringing something from home when you come to the park- elephant volunteers too.
Visiting ENP, whether its as a day visitor, dog or elephant volunteer can be a life changing experience.
Its certainly changed my life.

22  Thank Charliedoggy
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Reviewed February 9, 2015

We booked the overnight here and it was amazing!! It fills up fast as only 12 people can stay each night so book in advance! It was totally worth it because the first day the day tourists are there and it is a lot of people. Plus you are not sure how to interact with the elephants and you start to be comfortable with them towards the end of the first day. The next morning you get to go with your guide and small group of 7 or so and see the elephants. It was a much more intimate experience with them and they are such beautiful creatures.

The baby elephants are adorable and some of the teenage boy elephants are a bit naughty. It was great to see their different personalities and my understanding and respect it at a whole new level after coming here. Our guide, Apple, grew up in an elephant village and she was very knowledgeable. She told us so much about the individual elephants and about elephants in general. I can't wait to go back and I want to volunteer next time.

Thank Iamkali
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Reviewed February 9, 2015 via mobile

It's rare to get a guilt-free up close experience with incredible animals, but Enp is all about treating the elephants with respect, which I love. Its also a sanctuary for all kinds of animals. Not to mention the beautiful scenery, amazing staff and great food.

Thank Kathryn L
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Reviewed February 8, 2015 via mobile

Our adventure to the elephant nature park was a trip of a life time! The day consisted of: feeding the elephants, hiking with them, a delicious picnic, bathing the elephants and then a journey on a raft. The park was absolutely beautiful and the elephants were sweet, kind and awesome to hang out with. I highly recommend visiting the park if you're ever in the Chiang Mai area.

2  Thank Timkaparker
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Reviewed February 7, 2015 via mobile

I love animals and have always wanted to get close to elephants.. Riding an elephant in Asia was always top of my bucket list until I looked into it and realised what torture they go through in order to achieve this.. This unfortunately isn't all that well known. That's why after investigating I opted for Sunshine for Elephants. You spend the day feeding, hiking with and bathing these amazing gentle giants and I can honestly say this was one of the most amazing experiences of my life, would recommend without a doubt.

3  Thank GAP1988
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