Protecting And Reintroducing Asian Elephants Into The Forests Of Northern Thailand

To help remove Elephants from the being exploited in tourist camps and bringing them back to Forest

  • Chiang Mai, Northern Thailand
  • GVI Chiang Mai Team, info@gvitrust,.org

This project enables mahouts and their elephants to live back in their home community in Huay Pakoot, a Karen community in Northern Thailand. By running this project it means that these elephants and their mahouts are offered an alternative livelihood away from working in the tourist camps and street begging. GVI Chiang Mai have partnered with the mahouting village of Huay Pakoot and work alongside them in reintegrating the elephants back into the forest as well as improving livelihoods and job opportunities for community members.

Street begging and working in tourist camps significantly reduces the life expectancy of these endangered species. It diminishes their high cultural importance and places individuals in inhumane living conditions. Working elephants are waiting to join our

Living in the forest and being allowed to roam freely has a dramatic effect on the elephants – increasing their mental and physical health as well as their life expectancy. We observe and take data on the elephants to understand their behaviour, and help

We increase and promote ethical elephant tourism, by allowing volunteers to come and stay in the village of Huay Pakoot, and observe the elephants in their natural environment. We hope that by promoting this form of tourism, we will increase the demand, a

This project enables mahouts and their elephants to live back in their home community in Huay Pakoot, a Karen community in Northern Thailand. By running this project it means that these elephants and their mahouts are offered an alternative livelihood away from working in the tourist camps and street begging. GVI Chiang Mai have partnered with the mahouting village of Huay Pakoot and work alongside them in reintegrating the elephants back into the forest as well as improving livelihoods and job opportunities for community members.

Street begging and working in tourist camps significantly reduces the life expectancy of these endangered species. It diminishes their high cultural importance and places individuals in inhumane living conditions. Working elephants are waiting to join our

Living in the forest and being allowed to roam freely has a dramatic effect on the elephants – increasing their mental and physical health as well as their life expectancy. We observe and take data on the elephants to understand their behaviour, and help

We increase and promote ethical elephant tourism, by allowing volunteers to come and stay in the village of Huay Pakoot, and observe the elephants in their natural environment. We hope that by promoting this form of tourism, we will increase the demand, a

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