Elephant Sanctuaries by Country in Asia – Non-elephant riding, abuse free sanctuaries

Tourists often have no idea what elephants have to go through in order for them to experience them on treks, rides, see them painting, begging on beaches or any other number of things that elephants naturally would not be doing. In order for elephants to perform including being ridden they have to be ‘broken’. Elephants are wild animals.

I believe that if people really understood what they were contributing to when they participated in or supported any of these activities that they would not do it.

For elephants to be ridden or used in tourism in any way they go through a process called “phajaan” meaning ‘breaking an elephant’s spirit.” Elephants after all are wild animals. The process of phajaan is when a baby elephant is taken from its family and its mother and aunties are killed. They are put in crates, starved and beaten, its legs bound closely together so it can’t move, until its spirit is broken and the elephant can be forced into a life of labour. You can find more about this here,

We know a lot about elephants. Everybody understands that they are endangered both in Asia and in Africa and more than that that they are the equivalent of humans in emotional and social sophistication. Elephants, of course, lack the malice and cruelty of people.

Increasingly people are becoming aware that elephants need to be supported as much as possible in the wild or in sanctuaries that allow them to live as close to a natural existence as possible. The tourist trade is getting better, but still has a long way to go to direct people to sanctuaries….Many operations pose as ‘sanctuaries’ but in fact are not.

This list was compiled by a friend of mine who works as an Elephant Ambassador which she became involved in after her stay at The Elephant Nature Park in Chiang Mai. Please share this list with your friends and family.



List of Elephant Sanctuaries by Country


Elephant Sanctuary Cambodiawww.saveelephant.org/elephant-sanctuary-cambodia/

Angkor Wat, Siem Reap

Elephant Sanctuary Cambodia is located inside the Cambodia Wildlife Sanctuary.

Cambodia Wildlife Sanctuarywww.cambodiawildlifesanctuary.com

Provinces of Preah Vihear, Siem Reap and Odor Mean Chey

Cambodia Wildlife Sanctuary is located inside Kulen-Promtep Wildlife Sanctuary.

Elephant Valley Projectwww.elephantvalleyproject.org

Sen Monorom, Mondulkiri

Phnom Tamao Wildlife Zoological Park & Rescue Centrewww.phnomtamaozoo.com

Phnom Penh, Takeo

This is a zoo but the Elephant Rescue inside it has a very good reputation.


Wildlife SOSwww.wildlifesos.org

Agra, Uttar Pradesh

There is a Bear Sanctuary and Elephant Conservation & Care Center and they are situated side by side.

Chandaka Elephant Sanctuarywww.orissatourism.org/wildlife-in-orissa/chandaka-elephant-reserve.html

Bhubaneswar, Odisha (formerly known as Orissa)

This sanctuary is actually a wildlife reserve.

Wildlife Rescue & Rehabilitation Centrewww.wrrcbangalore.org

Bangalore, Karnataka


Elephant Conservation Centrewww.elephantconservationcenter.com

Sayaboury City, Sayaboury


Green Hill Valley Elephant Camp – www.ghvelephant.com

Kalaw, Myanmar

They do allow “short” rides on the elephant, but best camp we know of in Myanmar.


National Trust for Nature Conservation’s Biodiversity Conservation Centre – www.ntnc.org.np

Baharatpur, Chitwan

Sri Lanka

Elephant Transit Homehttps://www.facebook.com/ElephantTransitHomeSriLanka

Udawalawe National Park, Ratnapura, Sabaragamuwa” to front of name – my mistake.)

Millennium Elephant Foundationwww.millenniumelephantfoundation.com

Kegalle, Sabaragamuwa

Sri Lanka Wildlife Conservation Societywww.slwcs.org

Udahamulla, Nugegoda

Elephant Freedom Project – www.elephantfreedomproject.com

Kegalle, Sabaragamuwa


Elephant Nature Parkwww.saveelephant.org/elephant-nature-park/

Mae Taeng, Chiang Mai

The Surin Projectwww.surinproject.org

Tha Tum, Surin

Erawan Elephant Retirement Parkwww.saveelephant.org/erawan-elephant-retirement-park/

Kanchanaburi City, Kanchanaburi

Wildlife Friends Foundation Thailand’s Wildlife Rescue Centerwww.wfft.org

Tha Mai Ruak, Petchaburi

Burm & Emily’s Elephant Sanctuary – www.bees-elesanctuary.org

Mae Chaem, Chiang Mai

Friends of the Asian Elephant Hospitalwww.elephant-soraida.com

Lampang City, Lampang

Elephant’s Worldwww.elephantsworld.org

Kanchanaburi City, Kanchanaburi

Elephant Hillswww.elephant-hills.com

Phanom District, Surat Thani

Boon Lott’s Elephant Sanctuarywww.blesele.org

Si Satchanalai District, Sukhothai

Usually booked out 6 months in advance and they only take 6 people per night.

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Minutiae #12 It was the best of times

The best of times really were just hanging out doing nothing. But doing nothing in the end was something if you know what I mean. Get this. My mom had this red shag rug, a zebra skin on the wall and a fake leopard bar. A bar! Can you believe it? We lived in this tiny apartment but there was a bar. And her chair, the chair that nobody sat in except her, was this leather piece. Black leather that looked like this except black. She never said nobody could sit in it. We just knew we couldn’t. And sometimes if we wanted to check it out you would for a few uncomfortable minutes and then move. It was like she was always in it even if she wasn’t.


Some days for no reason at all, I would decide to give her the performance of a lifetime. And I would stand in front of her, somewhere between the chair and the fake leopard bar and I would sing. There would be no holding back. No shyness, no thinking about the neighbours.Just pure unadulterated ‘out there-ness”.belting out Edith Piaf when I was going through my Edith phase, or Bowie or maybe a little cabaret. I liked to mix it up. I would strut and dance and sing like my life depended on it. And she would sit there in that chair, my only audience member. Afterwards I would bow and she would just look at me and say “Wow, that was so great. You are so great.” And I believed every single word and for those few short moments I would really feel super human as though I was a real star. And those words and that moment got me through some tough times later in my life. And I’ve always been thankful that I had somebody in my life who was kind enough, generous enough to say that. Because you can get a lot of mileage out of saying that kind of thing to a kid everyone once in a blue moon.


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Poem of the Week: To Certain Students by V. Penelope Pelizzon via Alison McGhee

To Certain Students
–  V. Penelope Pelizzon

On all the days I shut my door to light,
all the nights I turned my mind from sleep

while snow fell, filling the space between the trees
till dawn ran its iron needle through the east,

in order to read the scribblings of your compeers,
illiterate to what Martian sense they made

and mourning my marginalia’s failure to move them,
you were what drew me from stupor at the new day’s bell.

You with your pink hair and broken heart.
You with your knived smile. You who tried to quit

pre-law for poetry (“my parents will kill me”).
You the philosopher king. You who saw Orpheus

alone at the bar and got him to follow you home. You
green things, whose songs could move the oldest tree to tears.

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Zimbabwe’s wild elephants must remain wild. Stop exporting wild creatures for entertainment! Please sign and share share share

b2dc95_c5e5a5869ef1430784d8e1d9d60b2c33.jpg_srz_p_476_358_75_22_0.50_1.20_0Hi everyone,

The Global March for Elephants and Rhinos has made it easy to take the following action. Please read the instructions and sign the form letter and then copy and paste the letter to the United Arab Emirates. Then please share. Letter is here.

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Best Granola in the World

I discovered The Best Granola in the World because it was offered as a hostess gift to me. I had forgotten about it for awhile and it languished for a month at the back of the cupboard. When I finally tried some for breakfast I couldn’t believe how much I loved it. It was light and flavourful, crunchy and delicious. I’d abandoned eating granola awhile ago because I find most of them too heavy, too dry, too sweet, just generally too much!  I managed to hunt down the owner of the recipe and I made my own batch this weekend and it’s equally as fantastic as what I received. It’s also a great starting point to innovate -add your own twists and turns. So hear it is. And the best thing…there’s not a drop of oil in this recipe!


Recipe for Best Granola in the World

In a large bowl combine….
3 cups rolled oats
2/3 cup of coconut (unsweetened)
1 cup chopped nuts (I use almonds and sometimes hazelnuts)
1/4 cup of mixed seeds (chia, flax, hemp, etc.)
In a small bowl combine and mix…
1/3 to 1/2 cup of maple syrup (depends on how sweet you like it)
1 TBSP vanilla
1 TBSP almond essence
one small container of applesauce
1 tablespoon water
Add small bowl contents into big bowl.  Mix well.
Add 1/2 cup chopped dried cranberries or cherries.
Put in 300 degree oven.  Stir every 10 minutes for 40 minutes.

Thanks Lone for the great recipe!

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Poem of the Week: Body and Kentucky Bourbon by Saeed Jones via Alison McGhee

Body & Kentucky Bourbon
– Saeed Jones

In the dark, my mind’s night, I go back
to your work-calloused hands, your body

and the memory of fields I no longer see.
Cheek wad of chew tobacco,

Skoal-tin ring in the back pocket
of threadbare jeans, knees

worn through entirely. How to name you:
farmhand, Kentucky boy, lover.

The one who taught me to bear
the back-throat burn of bourbon.

Straight, no chaser, a joke in our bed,
but I stopped laughing; all those empty bottles,

kitchen counters covered with beer cans
and broken glasses. To realize you drank

so you could face me the morning after,
the only way to choke down rage at the body

sleeping beside you. What did I know
of your father’s backhand or the pine casket

he threatened to put you in? Only now,
miles and years away, do I wince at the jokes:

white trash, farmer’s tan, good ole boy.
And now, alone, I see your face

at the bottom of my shot glass
before my own comes through.

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Thank you, thank you Alison for these amazing poems.

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ACTION: Zimbabwe’s Kidnapped Baby Elephants – France

 ​Please sign and share everyone
ACTION: Follow the link to say NO to importing kidnapped baby elephants to France.
As most of you know, elephants calves and other young animals have been kidnapped from the wild in Zimbabwe and are slated to be exported to France, UAE and China in the near future. Given that elephants are facing extinction within a generation and a tipping point has been reached with regard to population growth, i.e. more elephants are being killed and are dying than are being born in Africa, the kidnapping and sale of baby elephants from Zimbabwe to these nations is an affront to goodwill, reason, science and morality. Please join us in saying “NO”.
Follow the link to say NO to importing kidnapped baby elephants to France.
- Thank you for your care and compassion -
Team for Global March for Elephants and Rhinos

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