This project helps mahouts and elephant owners to return to their community in Northern Thailand. We offer them the opportunity to bring their elephants back to live in peace, as it was intended, in the forest. This means that they can avoid working the elephants in circus shows and street begging.
Street begging and working in tourist camps significantly reduces the life expectancy of these endangered species. It diminishes their high cultural importance and places individuals in inhumane living conditions. Working elephants are waiting to join our forest reintroduction program and funds are desperately needed to facilitate this. Mahouts and owners join our education and alternative livelihoods program along with their elephants to ensure they have a sustainable alternative form of work.
Living in natural, social herds in the forest has a tremendous impact on elephant's psychological health. It also provides them with a balanced diet and dramatically increases their life expectancy. No longer forced to work, these elephants will live longer and happier lives alongside their mahouts.
We plan to host a sustainable, breeding population of elephants living naturally in the forest. Each new elephant that joins the rescued herd increases chances of long-term success for this growing population of elephants in the forest.