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September 7, 2019

We also learned a little bit about issues Asian elephants face and about elephants in the tourism industry. What we learned was sobering and the situation can feel somewhat hopeless, but the work that KSES is doing to bring elephants back to the forest is uplifting and I commend their staff for making a difference. I hope that the data collected by us and others will create a set of guidelines that will allow other elephants in captivity to live like the five at KSES do.

January 13, 2019

Today it is widely known amongst Western tourists that riding an elephant is usually not ok! Many tourists are now choosing to avoid riding but still want that special interaction with elephants so choose to opt for bathing or walking in the forest. But what these unsuspecting tourists may not know is that the elephants might still be receiving a jab with a hidden nail to maintain close control and once the tourists return to the City, the elephants may be chained to the same post for 1...

October 31, 2018

Visiting Sri Lanka?


Planning to visit Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage?

Pinnawala is one of the top places to visit whilst on holiday to this paradise island but perhaps think again and question your guide, but if you do pay a visit then please BE A RESPONSIBLE TOURIST-stay back & observe with a camera!

I volunteered at the "orphanage" in 2004, I then had my concerns about the honesty of the orphanage & welfare of the elephants but the venue appears to have grown hugely in popularity...

September 22, 2018

Four weeks I arrived back at Kindred Spirit Elephant Sanctuary (KSES), and it all started with Geeju day, a village celebration for the end of harvest season. The day consisted of plenty of rice whisky, traditional Karen food and laughter from house to house


The project here has a very good relationship with the locals which is vital for the project’s success, it has to be stressed to anybody coming onto the project how important it is to respect the villagers and their culture. A...

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