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An Elephant’s Best Friend – Patee Bpae Tru

The feeling is mutual...

(A mahout is a person who rides an elephant. The word mahout comes from the Hindi words mahaut and mahavat, which eventually goes back to Sanskrit mahamatra. Usually, a mahout starts as a boy in the ‘family profession’ when he is assigned an elephant early in it’s life. They remain bonded to each other throughout […]

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An In-Depth Look at Surin Project

Bathing elephants at the Surin Project

We get asked a lot for more details about our Surin Project and how it differs from Elephant Nature Park and other volunteer programs. If you are looking for a way to volunteer in Thailand, Surin Project is a fantastic opportunity to spend time with elephants and learn about the intricacies of elephant tourism. Today, […]

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We March because they Matter


It was a busy and exciting weekend here at Elephant Nature Park with World Animal Day and the Global March for Elephants and Rhinos on Saturday October 4th. The Park was a hub of activity as staff and volunteers created signs and banners in preparation for the momentous occasion. It felt wonderful and important to […]

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The Rescue of Tubtim

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Born Again … Mae Suk Becomes Tubtim Almost every elephant who begins their new life at Elephant Nature Park starts it with a new name. The reason for this is to leave all memories of their painful, exploitative pasts in the past. We want them to truly begin anew, looking forward with no remnants of […]

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Mae Bua Kham Becomes a Nanny


Here at Elephant Nature Park, wonders never cease! It is impossible to not get totally sucked in by our ongoing elephant soap opera. With each day, there are amazing interactions happening and endless possibilities for new alliances. Our latest development is most wonderful and surprising. We have quite a few “old ladies” at ENP. Most […]

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Green Hill Valley: responsible elephant tourism in Myanmar

Staff at Green Hill Valley

Sharing knowledge and encouragement across the border Many of our visitors and volunteers ask us if there are other places where they might see elephants where there is no riding or elephant show involved. Save Elephant Foundation (SEF) is always on the look-out for elephant projects within Thailand and in neighboring countries that we can suggest […]

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5 Reasons to Volunteer Now at Elephant Sanctuary Cambodia

Volunteer at the Elephant Sanctuary Cambodia

Are you in the midst of planning your SE Asia holiday? Or, have you always dreamed of coming to the region and helping out Save Elephant Foundation? If so, we’d like to introduce you to the Cambodia Wildlife Sanctuary and, within its grounds, Elephant Sanctuary Cambodia. This protected area is located about an hour from Siem […]

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The Land Mine that Created a Blessing From Heaven

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Three years ago at this very moment, a young female elephant had finished a hard day’s work and was foraging in the jungles of Burma (now known as Myanmar) not far from the Thai border. In fact, she was a Thai elephant. She came from a remote area deep in the mountains where there is […]

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5 Reasons to Book Your Volunteer Vacation to Surin Project Today

Elephants at the Surin Project

Surin Project, located in the Surin Province of Thailand (about three hours from Siem Reap, Cambodia and six hours from Bangkok), in an ancient Kui village, is a volunteer experience like none other. The project, which is located within the Surin Elephant Study Center, aims to give elephants and mahouts there a better life. For […]

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Rescued Elephant Joins Pamper a Pachyderm

Pamper a Pachyderm rescue elephant

Congratulations to Muoy, host of Pamper a Pachyderm! She has rescued her first elephant. As we mentioned in our last Pamper a Pachyderm update, the elephants that Muoy previously leased had been taken back by their owners. Being successful, the program was booked for weeks in advance so there was not time to wait to […]

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The days of elephant’s lives … the latest gossip from ENP

Jokia and Dani

Tilly was rescued in early March 2011 and just passed her three-year anniversary of life at ENP. She and Mae Kham Puan had been spending lots of time in the ENP jungle behind the mahout village, enjoying the bounty that nature provides. As the dry season progressed, there was less and less to eat, so […]

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Mourning Mae Tee

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At about 6 p.m. on 17 June a truly Grand Dame took her last breath. Mae Tee had just passed her five-anniversary of life at ENP. In all those years she had never laid down. We were always in awe of the endurance and energy she had, despite not ever getting a restful night’s sleep. […]

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Chain-Free Living at ENP

Hope chain-free shelter

Finally, we are able to enjoy the payoff of the long term construction work and the constant presence of heavy machinery. Our newest chain-free shelters are finally reaching completion!! The good news Within the last year, there have been three shelter building projects in progress. This is a long, costly and many layered process, but […]

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Pamper a Pachyderm Update

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We have finally said goodbye to the hot and dry season. Each night, the mountiansides were ablaze and the usually fresh air was pungent with the acrid smell of smoke. The moon itself, barely visible through the heavy smog. The sun rose wearing a mask of burnt orange and red. The beautiful mountains, which embrace […]

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ENP Rescues Trekking Elephant

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For one lucky 65-year-old elephant, her life of trekking came to an end on 25 March 2014. Kwan Jit, meaning sweet heart in Thai, stepped into a new life of freedom at Elephant Nature Park, joining more than 30 other rescued elephants who call this special sanctuary “home.” Even a day earlier, Kwan Jit — now […]

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Mintra Celebrates Fifth Anniversary at ENP

Mintra and her small herd

And so it begins … Before arriving to Elephant Nature Park on the last day of February 2009, Mintra spent her whole life as a street begging elephant. Mintra seemed to develop slowly, possibly because of her dislocated hips. Though she had lots of depigmentation, she was very small. We were told that she was […]

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Elephant enrichment project


Through the years, we have had various enrichment toys for our elephants placed around the park. Many elephants make good use of the “toys,” while others pay little attention to them. At the moment, we have a few elephants who are confined to their shelters while they are being treated for abscesses or foot problems. […]

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My Time at Elephant Nature Park


Editor’s Note: We’ve invited our intern, Sofiya, to contribute to Save Elephant Foundation’s blog and document her experiences with some of our projects. For most of my life elephants and monkeys have been my favorite animals. You can imagine my excitement when I found out I was selected to intern at Save Elephant Foundation here […]

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Meet the Mahout: Buchu


It is common knowledge that the majority of mahouts are not highly educated and do not have many other career options. The job of mahout is considered somewhat dirty and dangerous without much room for advancement. At Elephant Nature Park, all of our mahouts come from the Karen (or Kayin), Kayah and Shan states of […]

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The rescue of Lucky: one year later


One year ago a blind ex-circus elephant, who had been chained in her owner’s yard for the past three years, hit the jackpot … a truck pulled up, ready to take her on a 20+ hour journey that would end at ENP, where she would begin her new life. Little did she know it, but […]

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