Enjoy elephants getting a better life
OVER recent years the attitude towards the use of animals for tourism purposes has shifted.
In Thailand, elephants have been used for logging and tourist rides for decades, but one attraction on the island of Phuket is out to change that.
The Phuket Elephant Sanctuary opened in 2016.
It is a 12ha property dedicated to allowing rescued elephants to live out their days the way nature intended.
The sanctuary is open to and relies very much on tourists.
Visitors are shown around by a volunteer guide to see the elephants, get up close and even feed them by hand.
Before embarking on foot, all visitors are shown a video of how the sanctuary came to fruition.
As you walk around the sanctuary, the elephants go about their business, including having a bath or being fed handfuls of the 200kg of food they eat each day.
It’s not every day you get to feed an elephant a watermelon – a morning or afternoon tour highlight you won’t forget. These giants are clearly happy and inquisitive about nature. Most of the elephants are old, some more than 70 years, and in one case totally blind. But with dedicated carers who spend all day with them, it allows these magnificent animals to learn to trust humans again. More information at phuket elephantsanctuary.org
BIG DRAWCARD: The Phuket Elephant Sanctuary is changing the island's tourism industry.