Elephant Nature Park
Focus: Animal care and Conservation.
Elephant Nature Park is an elephant rescue and rehabilitation centre in Northern Thailand where you can volunteer and visit to help. We have been involved in dozens of rescues which have created our thriving elephant herd. The park provides a natural environment for elephants, dogs, cats, buffaloes and many other animals under our care.
Volunteers and visitors contribute to the healing while learning about their lives past and present. Arrange a visit to all our projects in Thailand, Cambodia and Myanmar.
Costs & Benefits
A life enhancing opportunity of direct hands on conservation work in a unique program to help protect a highly endangered species. Most volunteers leave with a proud sense of accomplishment and a deep satisfying feeling of having really done something positive.
Volunteer at Elephant Nature Park and help to improve the plight of the Asian elephant. With no riding, come and make a real contribution to conservation in Northern Thailand.
Each day you´ll help prepare the elephants food, have the satisfaction of feeding them and the moving experience of watching the delight they have bathing together in the river. This is all against a backdrop of witnessing how they behave in their natural habitat. During your stay you will see for yourself the challenges facing elephant conservation in Thailand and the part that this project plays in the preservation of their herd.
Other aspects that are involved can be preparing the elephant´s bathing sites, cutting food from the plantations and helping with any maintenance tasks around the park. This is a great way to understand and enjoy all parts of the conservation mission, whilst enjoying a place tucked away from the beaten track.
Elephant volunteer’s activities include some or all of the following;
Area Introduction and meeting with the staff and mahouts
Experience Elephant Families and how they choose friends
Find out about the problems facing elephant in Thailand today
Discover how Elephant Nature Park is helping
Feed and bathe elephants, Scooping elephant poo, and a variety of tasks concerned with elephant care.
Cleaning and preparing elephant food
Construction, maintaining mud pits, helping in local villages, walking
Caring for dogs and more.
Meet volunteers, visitors and park staff from around the world.
12,000 Thai Baht for 7 days.
You will be living on site in comfortable accommodation sharing with at least two other volunteers. Here you will fall asleep to the sounds of elephants calling. The food is excellent, with a large buffet style lunch and dinner with many different dishes to choose from. Vegan and vegetarian food is always available and all dietary restrictions are catered to.
What is provided?
Transport from Chiang Mai to Elephant Nature Park and back
Clean, convenient accommodation on site
Three delicious meals per day, served in buffet style with great amount of choice
Internet connection - generally available
A practical education on the challenges facing elephant conservation
What do I need?
A full passport valid for the duration of your stay.
Insurance (covering your placement time and any planned independent travel).
Transport to Chiang Mai city
Independent travel costs and return to the airport.
Any additional costs such as trips, snacks, entertainment (allow a few hundred Baht per day depending on lifestyle).
A visa is normally not necessary for under 30 days from most western European countries.
No compulsory inoculations are necessary although do check with your doctor to make sure polio, typhoid and Hepatitis A&B jabs are up to date.
Volunteers aged 16 years old and over
Elephant Nature Park
209/2 Sridornchai Road
Chiang Mai 50100 Thailand
Tel: ++66(53) 818 932 - 818 754/818 7442
Location:Chiang Mai, Thailand
Average cost per day:£40
Focus: Animal care and Conservation
Skills needed: Volunteers must be at least 16 years old