Elephant Nature Park located in Chiang Mai Thailand. This elephant sanctuary is known for being one of the only sanctuaries that completely treats their animals with love and lets them live as close to their natural lives as possible. ENP rescues elephants from circuses, elephant riding tours, and many other operations that torture the elephants daily to keep them trained. Many of the elephants have also been rescued from land mine accidents. A lot of the elephants here have stepped on bombs in Burma and are severely injured. ENP takes in as many elephants as possible to give them medical treatment and a loving environment. The park is also home to 500 dogs, 700 cats, and 100 water buffalo that have also been rescued. Our tour guide told us that they allow you to take home a dog or cat the day of your visit if you would like. Haha! It was awesome to see people working with the rescue dogs and teaching some of them how to use a wheelchair that have lost their legs! We loved our time at ENP and will definitely be back! First activity of the day, feeding the elephants breakfast! They love bananas and watermelon. They will eat 5 bananas at a time or half of a watermelon! Our guide, Aye, told us that elephants eat at least 18 hours a day and only sleep for 4.
This pretty girls name is Salsa! She tries to be friends with all the elephants even if they don’t want to be friends with her. She’s so sweet! This girl is “the elephant with the flower earring”. She has had some horrible experiences with humans so she doesn’t let anyone feed her. She also doesn’t like the peels of the bananas so she peels them herself then tosses the banana in her mouth. It was so crazy to watch her do it! The elephants LOVE to play in the mud to cool off!
The baby elephants playing in the mud! These two are brother and sister, and so funny! They were constantly chasing each other and knocking each other over. It is very important that you stay away from the babies, especially the baby boys. The moms and aunts are very protective and will come after you if you get too close. The baby boys are growing in their tusks and full of testosterone. They are always trying to fight and use their tusks because they are so excited to have them. More funny stories about the baby boys down below! Going to take a bath!
Brother and sister now drowning each other in the river. They kept crawling on each other and splashing in the water together. They are so cute! Brother was winning most of the time. Poor baby girl! You can see his little tusks coming in.
Giving my home girl a bath! The elephants that were in the circus or other shows don’t know how to bath themselves because they have never lived in the wild. So they let humans help them out! She was so happy taking a bath and eating more bananas.
Each of the elephants has a handler that is with them everyday. They bond with their handler and treat them like family. It was so fun to watch them take the elephants on walks and play with them all day.
The gorgeous Chiang Mai, Thailand! Another baby boy! His name is Troublemaker….. Because he is TROUBLE! He has had to be put behind a gate because he is “naughty” according to our tourguide, Aye. Aye was so funny telling us about all of the elephants. They are like her children! She knows all of the elephants by name, how old they are, and where they came from. This little guy broke one of his tusks trying to fight the big elephants. He lost the fight but still thinks he’s a tough guy.
This little boy is very naughty too according to Aye. He likes to go across the river to go visit his girlfriend. His mom doesn’t like his girlfriend so he is mad at mom and tries to use his tusks on her. Now he is in time out behind a gate with his Auntie to watch after him until he can behave. ? These elephants could have a reality show! Their handler climbed all the way to the top of this tree with a knife to cute down branches for their snack. The smallest baby at ENP. Look at her little hairs! Elephants are pregnant for two years are never show signs of being pregnant. One day the handlers show up and find a new baby! Aye told us they they never know who the dad is because the males are “players”? . They like to have a new girlfriend every week. There are only 7 males in ENP and 68 females. Lucky boys! Mama protecting baby. This dumb girl in our group went right up to the baby and tried to take a selfie with him. Mom didn’t like that and neither did the handler. To protect the babies the baby lays down on the ground and mom stands over them. Even though the dumb girl almost risked our tour, it was cool to see how they protect each other. The oldest elephant at ENP! She is 78 years old and has lived a long and traumatic life. I’m so happy she gets to finish out her days at ENP!If you are ever in Thailand I highly suggest going to Elephant Nature Park! It was truly a life changing experience. And remember to listen to your tour guide! These elephants have been through so much and you don’t want to scare them!
INFO ON THE PARK!
Bookings can be done on their website elephantnaturepark.org. It is important to book in advance because the bookings can be full months before. You are able to do half day or full day OR spend multiple days or weeks at the camp depending on your schedule. There is a free shuttle that will pick you up from your hotel as long as you are staying in Chiang Mai.
Happy traveling and SAVE THE ELEPHANTS!