The Thai Elephant Refuge houses numerous elephants ranging in age from 1 year old to 65 year old. All the elephants in its care have come from abusive pasts, and have been nursed to health and now enjoy a happy, abuse-free life in the sanctuary.
a Visit to EREC is designed to allow visitors a chance to learn about the the rescued elephants and get up close and personal to them in a way which is cruelty-free and does not exploit them. Visitors can explore the center with EREC's expert guide, walk with an elephant to a nearby forest and give her a refreshing shower afterwards. if combined with a tour to WRC - they will also have the opportunity to observe the feeding of some of our 450+ wild animals, whether its bears, gibbons, macaques, otters, langurs or our 15 rescued elephants including a mother elephant and her baby. There are 2 air-conditioned vans to pick up your guests from your accommodation or elsewhere in your region. The day trip includes a Thai lunch buffet (with meat, vegan and vegetarian options) and a coffee or cool drink on arrival.
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There's also a volunteering option that includes a hands-on working experience with rescued elephants. If you wish to volunteer ethically with elephants, and wish to know more about them, the problems they face and you want to be part of the solution, this is the place to come and volunteer! Nearby forests give our rescued elephants the chance to roam around in their “original and natural” habitat. EREC have purchased large pieces of land to make these forests and grasslands their "home". EREC's elephant enclosures have trees and lakes, measure up to 7 hectares each! This is a «chain free» elephant sanctuary! No elephant is ever chained up, day or night!
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After the ban on logging in 1989, most of the logging elephants ended up being used within the tourist industry or have been used to make a living by begging on the streets of big cities. Walking day and night on these dirty and traffic-congested streets is detrimental to the elephant’s health, and unnatural. Other unfortunate elephants have ended up working at elephant camps, some with no cover against the burning sun. At some places they are exploited in the name of ‘entertainment’, forced to perform unnatural tricks purely to entertain tourists. Kept on chains 24 hours a day, often drugged to make them easier to handle, and beaten with spike hammers to make them perform tricks.
Elephant Refuge rescues mistreated elephants, nurses them back to health and provides them with veterinary care and happy and healthy conditions in the sanctuary, where they will not be abused again.
In Thailand, there are currently no laws to prevent this abuse and mistreatment
The Wildlife Friends Foundation:
The Wildlife Friends Foundation Thailand (WFFT) is a registered foundation under Thai law, whose main objectives are:
- Rescue maltreated and/or neglected wild animal
- Provide sanctuary for sick and disabled animals.
- Rehabilitate and Release where possible, and care for those who are unable to be returned to the wild.
- Educate people, particularly children, to stop cruelty to animals.
- Campaign against illegal trade in wild animals, discourage use of animals for entertainment.
- Prevent hunting and promote conservation of all natural resources, fauna and flora alike.
- Cooperate with and assist Royal Forestry Department and other organizations with the rescue and conservation of wild animals.