Women Operate Elephantstay in Northern Thailand

We are Family at Elephantstay

Spending a day at the world-heritage Royal Elephant Kraal and village in the ancient Siam capital of Ayutthaya is a fantastic way to get hands-on experience with Thailand’s national animal. If you’re lucky, you may even get to ride an Asian elephant to the river so you can check that off your bucket list.

Spending a week or more at Elephanstay camp ensures that you will be making a real difference to the lives of these protected elephants. Why not stay, live and work at this one-of-a-kind sanctuary program?

You’ll get to know retired, wild and family-age elephants. Of the current herd – about 80 Thai elephants – 5 are youngsters, 5 are retirement age and the rest are starting or expanding their family.

On the day the Rainbow Tourism team visited, the LGBT staff let us follow guests on their ride to the river (pretending to be on a safari photo shoot whilst envying the paying guests doing the riding). After lunch we spent time with the newest member of the herd, just two-weeks-and-200 kg, and with one of the most playful and creative elephants, Peter the Painter.

Since 2000, the Elephantstay nursery program has welcomed 54 babies to the kraal. The incredible success of the captive breeding program is based on the simple fact that healthy, happy elephants breed.

One mother has had 4 babies, another just delivered her third. Born on National Elephant Day 13/03/13, this female calf has been aptly named WanChiangThai. (Read more on http://www.rainbowtourism.asia/2013/03/thailand-elephants-protecting-and-volunteering.)

Ewa at Spirit House

Co-owner Ewa at Spirit House with ancient bones

 

Michelle with Dokmak

Co-owner Michelle with female elephant Dokmak.

Elephantstay is a not for profit program and donations to help them further recover from devastating flood damage are welcome.

Become an Elephantstayer at this Rainbow Tourism Accredited accommodation.

Website  http://www.elephantstay.com

News & Updates on Facebook   https://www.facebook.com/Elephantstay

Read more on http://www.rainbowtourism.asia/2013/03/thailand-elephants-protecting-and-volunteering

Elephantstay Historic Kraal monument

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