The pandemic has damaged many companies around the world, especially tourist attractions that depend on the movement of people. However, many elephants that were exploited at these attractions benefited from the situation as they were able to return to freedom in Thailand.
Despite the good news, there was a problem with elephants returning to the wild: they could starve to death as they lived for years locked up and perhaps could not adapt to the new reality. Or worse, they would be burned to death due to forest fires in Thailand.
In order not to allow this to happen, the Save Elephant Foundation joined forces with elephant tour companies to transport them safely to their habitat. According to information from ANDA (Animal Rights News Agency), 100 elephants have already been brought to the Mae Chaem region in northern Thailand.
The foundation published the record of that moment on Instagram, where they explain that the travel time is 5 days and that the elephants spend the night in the jungle accompanied by people who were in charge of transporting them.
The Save Elephant Foundation team is bringing food to people and elephants. All this care in transporting animals is also due to the fact that they have to go through dry areas that suffered or still suffer from fires.
Despite having “lost” the profitability of elephant tourism, the entrepreneurs “benefited even more” from seeing the happiness of these animals to be able to return to their true home, after 20 years in captivity.
By Eliane A Oliveira. Article in Portuguese
For more information Save Elephant Foundation is a Thai non-profit organization dedicated to providing care and assistance to the captive elephant population of Thailand, through a multifaceted approach that involves outreach, rescue and rehabilitation programs of the local community and educational ecotourism operations. Each of its flagship projects aims to achieve that mission, as well as working towards these goals:
- expand self-sustaining ecotourism operations that benefit local communities and ecosystems
- to better incorporate our efforts in local communities and ensure their benefit through our continued operation
- become a leader in the field of Asian elephant research through academic outreach and education programs
- to create practical positive reinforcement programs based on elephant reinforcement and rehabilitation programs
- establish an international community of volunteers that raises awareness of the issues facing the Asian elephant
- integrate more fully with the global conservation community to facilitate dynamic cross-cultural networking