Project title: Monitoring the Illegal Killing of Elephants (MIKE)
Location: South Asia – Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal and Sri Lanka
Southeast Asia – Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Thailand and Viet Nam
Duration: May 2017 – December 2019
Visit this elephant sanctuary near Chiang Mai in Northern Thailand for an unforgettable experience and join the growing number of people choosing responsible and sustainable elephant tourism. The project is run by a Karen family who has lived and worked with elephants for two generations. They are happy to see their elephants freed from riding, with time to forage, socialize, and play.
This elephant sanctuary was established to help a former trekking camp near Chiang Mai transition out of elephant riding and adopt a more compassionate approach to elephant tourism. The elephants living here are relishing their retirement from logging and elephant riding and instead spend much of their day interacting with each other while wandering the jungle, feeding on native vegetation as well as fruits and vegetables, and bathing in the river. Since joining our ‘Saddle Off!’ program, the elephants have put on weight and are noticeably calmer.
This project provides a caring home for three elephants now retired from a life of arduous work in the logging industry and elephant riding. The elephants living here now get to spend much of the day doing what comes naturally – roaming through the jungle, foraging for wild vegetation, bathing in the river, giving themselves a mud bath, scratching against trees, and socializing with each other. At this project, an emphasis is placed on providing visitors with insights into caring for elephants, their habits, and how to interact with them respectfully.