Thailand is home to over 3,000 domestic Asian elephants. The term “domestic” elephant is extremely broad and includes elephants that work in the unmonitored tourism and logging industries. When these animals are injured, they are often forced to continue doing heavy labor anyway, hauling lumber and tourists around for their entire lives. But this all is changing thanks to the diligent work of Elephant Nature Park.
Elephant Nature Park (ENP) was founded by a kindhearted woman named Lek Chailert, who wanted to create a safe haven for Thailand’s elephants. This large animal sanctuary located in Chai Mai, Northern Thailand, takes in elephants who have become the victims of Thailand’s many cruel elephant industries, offering them the chance to live out the rest of their lives in peace. The hardest part is getting them there.
Thailand is also home to many natural wonders including steep mountains, deep jungles and the sweltering tropical sun. So when the time came to rescue Kabu, a poor lame elephant who had been hauling lumber with a bad leg for 20 years, just reaching the top of her mountain proved to be an exhausting task. This long and grueling animal rescue took over twelve hours and could only have happened thanks to the efforts of ENP’s amazing staff of volunteers, who prove every day that animal lives are worth saving.
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