Elephant - The gentle giant

Elephant – The gentle giant

Elephants - The gentle giants

Elephant – The gentle giant

Elephants! The gentle giants have always fascinated Man, children clap with glee on seeing elephants whether it be in the zoo, circus or hauling heavy loads on the road. The association of Man and Elephant goes a long way back in history. Elephants were used as ‘working animals’ as far back as the Indus Valley Civilization (3300 BC – 1700 BC). Elephants have been part of many a war in history, the earliest reference of Elephants in warfare is found in the Indian Epic Mahabharata, written in the 4th Century BC, but said to depict events that occurred between the 11th and 8th Century BC.

However the population of elephants across the world is dwindling because of the threats faced from poaching for Ivory and urbanization. The need of the hour is to ensure the safety and survival of these magnificent animals who are worshipped as God in many countries.

August, 12th is World Elephant Day, as conceived in 2011 by Canadian Filmmakers Patricia Slims and Michael Clark and a Thailand foundation as a bid to raise awareness to the threats faced by the Elephant worldwide.

Here is a unique Elephant Sanctuary you must visit:

Boon Lott’s Elephant Sanctuary

This sanctuary is situated in Northern Thailand and was founded by Katherine Connor in memory of a Baby Elephant named Boon Lott, which means ‘Survivor’ in Thai. The sanctuary is rendering yeoman service in rescuing and protecting elephants in Thailand from abuse and extinction. Visitors to the sanctuary can interact with the elephants in an environment of love and peace.

If you are inspired and want to say hello to the elephants of Boon Lott, please check them out here.

Elephant – The gentle giant

Elephant – The gentle giant


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15 thoughts on “Elephant – The gentle giant

    1. Very true Renne. We have seen some horrific videos on how these poor animals are tortured and feel sad that man fails to understand these creatures and these animals suffer at the hands of man! 🙁

    1. I have read about this place and wish to visit in my next trip to Thailand. Ideally all wildlife should stay in forest with all the freedom they need.

  1. I can’t imagine how it must be to be such a huge animal and need to be rescued to a confined area. While I’m so glad people are stepping up to offer protection, sanctuaries still break my heart, or it’s that we need them that breaks my heart. It’s a fine line.

    1. True. I second your thought. Actual home for all the wild animals should be the forest where they can freely move around and be as they want to be.

  2. Elephants are awesome. Sadly, I remember going to an Animal Safari park here in Canada as a kid and riding an elephant. The things we humans do to other animals for our own entertainment.

  3. Have found this creature all around Kerala – in fact, one tusker on the road, holding up traffic. The Elephant camp at Dubare too, is a fun place to interact with them. I also, loved the Elephant orphanage in Sri Lanka…remember feeding a baby elephant, who was as tall as me (ha ha). Sigh! Thanks for bringing in these memories.

  4. Elephants are definitely amazing creatures! I love them and I have never sat on one but I used to see their shows and at zoos but ever since I started travel blogging and learned the horrors of their abuse, I have stopped.

    As far as elephant sanctuaries go, there are many in Chiang Mai. I wish I went to one.

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