See happy elephants living in a natural environment
To see a happy elephant behaving naturally you need to venture out of the cities and the most common tourist destinations to places where elephants live, and avoid any facility that advertises riding or elephants performing in shows.
Our VERY own project in northern Thailand;
Walking with Elephants (Part of the Walking Elephants HOME initiative)
Visit a Karen hill tribe community, trek and camp out in the forest and meet our four beautiful elephants. More details here;
Boon Lott’s Elephant Sanctuary (BLES)
Regarded as the top elephant sanctuary in the world with more than 500 acres of land, 11 elephants spend their days foraging, roaming, and socializing.
The Surin Project
A new, innovative project finding solutions to the challenges faced by mahouts and their elephants in the Surin province of North-Eastern Thailand. The Surin Project is committed to improving the conditions of Asian elephants and providing sustainable economic revenue for their mahouts in the local community.
WFFT: Wildlife Rescue, Rehabilitation, Conservation & volunteering in Thailand
Friends of the Asian Elephant (FAE) Hospital
FAE built the world's first elephant hospital in Lampang/Thailand, and an incredible 3,900 cases of sick and injured elephants have been treated since 1993.
If you are travelling across Asia check out:
Elephant Valley Project (EVP)
The Elephant Livelihood Initiative Environment (E.L.I.E) is a non government organisation (NGO) managing several different wild and captive elephant based programs. Elephant Valley Project is a based in Mondulkiri. Immerse yourself in the daily routine caring for their rescued elephants. Each visitor will spend their days observing the elephants in their natural habitat while also volunteering to maintain and develop the site as an elephant care facility.
Wildlife SOS, India
By volunteering at the Wildlife SOS Rescue Facilities, you will make a major contribution to the welfare of bears and elephants in India. The majority of the programme fees will go directly to the Centre thus providing a critical source of funding for future work.
And for something completely different from elephants;
Soi Dog Foundation, Phuket, Thailand
Soi Dog treats and sterilizes over 1000 dogs and cats each month. Many of these dogs and cats require life saving, emergency treatment. The primary role of a volunteer at the Soi Dog animal shelter in Phuket, Thailand is to socialise and walk the dogs and socialise with the cats and puppies.