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August 26, 2019

While walking at Tiger Tops near the day’s end I emerged from the scrub by the river’s bend There were two baby elephants having fun. Silhouetted in front of the setting sun...

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...

September 12, 2016

Written Dec 2015

When you first arrive in Thailand, one of the things that will strike you is the amount of advertisements for elephant trekking, it is everywhere! You will see hundreds of Elephant camps with flyers promoting elephant riding, shows, mahout training, mud and river bathing and feeding.

There are two options with elephant riding, most camps offering it with the saddle on the back as this enables them to accommodate more tourists and therefore bring in more money. Although th...

August 29, 2016

 Written Nov 2015

My First Time With Elephants

The first time I laid eyes on an elephant was in a zoo; she was African but miles away from her home. I was about 8. She was a beautifully magnificent animal. She stood lifelessly staring at the path that lead up to her enclosure. Green paint marks all down her trunk from where she rubbed her face against the metal bars that surrounded her. Her eyes cloudy, her ears were dead still and stuck out aggressively listening to everything....

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