ELEPHANT NATURE PARK!!!
A fabulous organization for these big beauties. It is an organization started by a lady named Lek, who has a big heart and soft spot for these guys, she began rescuing elephants from the logging industry and those being abused by their mahouts whom were trained in the way of “beating the spirit out of them” in order for them to have no choice but to listen. Many of these elephants have been badly hurt, not only physically but emotionally as well.
Elephants are amazing, thoughtful creatures, and have an intense need for family and closeness, just like humans do. Being separated from one another does indeed cause depression and other mental issues, leading to unfufilling lives. This is why the logging industry is not only detrimental to their physical health by breaking them down, but as well as their emotional and mental health, by being separated from family and friends. They thrive on taking care of one another and loving eachother.
She now had 42 elephants rescued to this sanctuary, where they are free to roam around a massive area, which is elephant heaven, they can play as they wish, and do what they do best, eat!!!! These guys eat around 3 tons per day, making it very costly to have this many elephants under Lek’s care, costing over $300,000 per year.
You can volunteer for one day, two days, or a full week. As well as there are long term volunteer options as well. In the full day you go to the park, hang out with elephants, feed them, bathe them, learn all about the logging industry (which is now banned to use elephants) and different tactics that most working asian elephants had to withstand. Many are still used in tourism which you will see all over Thailand and parts of Asia.
One of my favourite ellies is named Jokia (meaning second chance) and her story is heartbreaking. She was used for many years in the logging industry. One working day she gave birth to her child, as she was pulling some logs, and the baby elephant went tumbling over a cliff side, horrified and unable to work Jokia stood at the cliff side crying and yelping for her baby down below. Her owner then started beating her by gauging at her eyes to try and make her to start working again. She refused as her spirit and love was broken from losing her child. She is now blind, but has been saved by Lek a number of years ago and lives in the comfort of her company as well as the love from many other elephants. This is just one story of one of the elephants, they all have their own story.
I am encouraging all people wanting to get closer to these big beautiful beings to take a look into what you are supporting before handing over the money. This is one way your money will go to a great organization, to help feed and save the elephants of Asia. Logging is not banned everywhere, so there are many still being abused in these similar ways.
Help Support Lek and her team to Save The Elephants!!!!!!!
You can find Elephant Nature Park on Facebook as well as it is located in the main square, same street as AUM. Many people can point you in the direction of the office. Email me for any questions, I will answer whatever I can!!