Elephant Nature Park is a unique project set in
Chiang Mai province, Northern Thailand. Established in
the 1990's our aim has always been to provide a
sanctuary and rescue centre for elephants. The park is
located some 60km from the city, and has provided a
dozens if distressed elephants from all over Thailand.
Set in a
natural valley, bordered by a river, and surrounded by forested
mountains the area offers a timeless glimpse of rural life.
Our Website and Online Presence
Elephantnaturepark.org is the
permanent and official site for Elephant Nature Park and all
related projects under that name. Please
contact us *directly* for information, ways to help the park
and arranging to visit one of our projects. Our full time staff
will always try to answer as quickly as possible and do their best to help.
Our Chiang Mai city
Elephant Nature Park Mission Statement
- Sanctuary for endangered species: We provide
homes for these animals as well as contributing to their
welfare and development.
- Rain Forest Restoration: One of the most exciting
developments at the park is our programme of tree planting
the surrounding area. The ecological balance of plants and
animals will be encouraged by the re-introduction of the
rain forest. Some 25 acres of the mountainside will be
planted every year for the first 5 years.
- Cultural Preservation: To maintain, as much as
possible, the cultural integrity of the local community. By
creating employment and purchasing agricultural products
locally we are assisting the villagers in sustaining their
distinct culture. Park managers are recruited locally to
oversee the park's progress.
- Visitors Education : To educate visitors,
individuals, study groups, schools and interested parties.
Emphasis on the plight of the endangered local species will
be presented in an entertaining and constructive manner.
Future phases will include audio / visual equipment and
other modern educational aids. It is anticipated that small
conferences and workshops will be organised at the park.
- Act independently : of pressure groups and
political movements that we consider contrary to the well
being of the park and the creatures in its care.
Press Links ***
the Media: Links and information regarding former media
broadcasts, stories and visits
Visiting Press Media -
about Elephant Nature Park
The park has received numerous awards from institutions
including the Smithsonian. The founder was named Asian Hero of
the Year by Time magazine in 2005 and the park has been featured
in many international publications including National Geographic
magazine as well as feature documentaries from respected film
production companies - Discovery Channel, National Geographic,
Animal Planet, BBC, CNN, KTV, RAI, major Thai language TV
channels, printed press and radio stations.
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