Visit & Volunteer
Located in the small village of Baan Tha Klang in Surin province, this Elephant Study Center now subsidises nearly 200 mahouts and their elephants to live in the center and thus stay off the streets of Bangkok.
The living conditions of the elephants in the center are far from perfect, with most elephants shackled all day long with little or nothing more to do than to stand in the sun.
It is the role and responsibility of the Surin Project to help improve these living conditions and give these elephants the opportunitiy to roam free and behave naturally.
Bringing volunteers to the project for a week or more at a time allows us to work with the mahouts, helping them plant grass, sugarcane and bamboos and build shelters for the elephants all while their elephants are off their chains and interacting together.
By showing the local mahouts that people are willing to come and help them and see elephants in a natural setting, they will be provided with the tools to adapt their husbandry methods to be more considerate of the elephants' welfare.
The project would not exist if it weren't for it's volunteers. By volunteering you provide employment and crucial economin revenue that ensures the mahouts, their families and elephants stay in Surin and do not return to tourist camps or the streets of Bangkok.
Location: Baan Tha Klang