hrough this space, today we tell you why we believe it is important your collaboration in the volunteer program with elephants in the region of Chiang Mai, Thailand.
Known especially for the large number of elephants living in this area and for the reserves that work for and for the protection of these animals, Chiang Mai has become a special destination for all those who want to know the work and care that has been developed for a long time in many of the reserves prepared to serve as home to elephants who came to be in danger by being injured or malnourished mainly by man.
How are elephants viewed?
These animals traditionally considered as a symbol for Thailand, with the boom of international tourism, became the national attraction for many of the visitors who wanted to live an experience on the back of these animals, or see live some of the exhibitions capable of performing the domesticated elephants, based on hours of training and animal mistreatment.
More in the past, they were used to work on farms because of their ability to move and transport heavy objects in areas with few resources for the use of agricultural machinery. But they have not only been used for this activity, they were also traditionally used for war, and until some time ago, exploited, harassed, and mistreated, to the point of seriously wounding them or killing them by the trafficking of male elephant tusks, being a very precious good on the black market.
Thanks to the work of many caretakers and NGOs who bet to create reserves and raise awareness of the abuse that these animals suffered, there is today a greater awareness and is worse seen in this country, the exploitation of these animals for economic interests.
In part, this change is due to the important role played by elephants before and after the great tsunami of 2004, which devastated much of the country. It is known that many of these animals managed to save the lives of many tourists by entering the jungle. Also some time later, their caretakers said that these animals even made a great effort for hours and hours to rescue bodies and clean the areas most affected by this great catastrophe that devastated Thailand, and that they were even heard crying, aware of what was going to happen.
This same nobility, which they demonstrated on that occasion, not only made their efforts to recover the areas where the tsunami devastated not only recognized at the state and international level, but also focused attention on: How did the elephants live?
These reserves created by some NGOs, and some of the caretakers of these animals that live by and for them, allowed elephants that had been mistreated to have today a quiet life surrounded by their families and new groups to preserve their existence thanks to the caretakers and volunteers that work daily to provide them with everything they need.
What is elephant care like?
However, the care of these animals is very expensive. A day, the elephants are able to eat 15% of their weight, which comes to suppose, about 300 kg of food daily. In order to maintain these reserves, some NGOs are financed by small contributions that tourists and volunteers make to see the elephants in their habitat, from the respect and under the tutelage of their caretakers. A type of tourism more sustainable and aware to avoid past situations.
What does Adventure Volunteer do?
Adventure Volunteer supports a project where our volunteers can travel to Chiang Mai to participate in the care of elephants in the reserves in which we collaborate during volunteering.
Once you know how these animals live, and you know a little about the stories and legends of the elephants, you will understand why it is so necessary to preserve the life of the elephants of Thailand, symbol of the history of a country that has lived with these animals since ancient times.
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