A new and long-awaited activity has finally begun here at Elephant Nature Park. The different social groups within our herd are taking turns going up to the jungle. The mountainside behind the mahout village is thick with the various jungle foliage that grows in abundance during the rainy season. This is a wonderful opportunity for the elephants to add more roughage and variety to their diets and to get exercise as well. It is overwhelmingly obvious how much the elephants enjoy these outings. For some, like Lucky, this may be their first encounter with real jungle! Imagine what an exciting experience it must be for her!
Both Navann and Dok Mai, led by their families are also enjoying exploring the new territory and receiving botany lessons, elephant style. Each social group will have a turn as long as they are physically able. Our aim is to continue this for as long as it is possible, taking breaks from time to time or moving to different areas to allow the forest to regenerate.
This is the first step towards our future plans to allow the healthiest of our herd to one day live free roaming on fenced in, protected, forested land without the constant presence of humans. Our search for the perfect place where we can create this jungle sanctuary is ongoing.