Each day, myself and three other Youtube compadres competed to capture the best moments from unique adventure-driven challenges such as kayaking, kickboxing and today, working at an elephant sanctuary!
Above is part one of four videos from the action-packed trip – The Thailand Elephant Experience
From the Anantara Resort in Chiang Mai, our first challenge was to go beyond a simple selfie and riding an elephant, to learn about the process of actually caring for elephants in Thailand.
At the Patara Elephant Farm, we were each introduced to our own elephant to work with as well as a caretaker who looked after them.
I was paired with Boon Gin, a 21 year-old male rescued from a circus, who enjoyed a good back massage and long walks through the forest.
Throughout our time together I learned about how to identify an unhealthy elephant as well the specific practices of Rescue, Recovery, Reproduction and Reintroduction to ensure the elephants well being.
Once our work was done and Boon Gin retired to the mountains for the evening, we were allowed to join in on a little play time.
A baby elephant, otherwise known as “lap elephants” on the internet, greeted us as with playful cuddling and wrestling.
It was the perfect ending to a great day with these beautiful creatures.
PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE do your research before visiting an elephant sanctuary in Thailand, or any animal sanctuary for that matter.
Elephant Tourism in Thailand is a major problem and many of these places do not treat the animals well.
PLEASE DO NOT go to places that use hooks to control the elephants or saddles to allow multiple people to ride elephants.
ELEPHANT FARMS I WOULD RECOMMEND:
PATARA ELEPHANT FARM
ELEPHANT NATURE PARK