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Photo of the day: Happy elephants

Thursday, July 26, 2012

A very, very tempting volunteer opportunity popped up recently from the Elephant Nature Park near Chiang Mai, Thailand:

We are currently in need of a long-term volunteer to take care of our newest addition – a newborn elephant. The volunteer must be able to commit to three months of work. We will provide a volunteer visa, housing and food. Requirements: must be previous volunteer and love animals. 

Ummm…. yes, please!

I spent one day at the sanctuary last December, and would love to give more of my time to this very worthy organization.  The work they are doing with elephants and education in Thailand – to both locals and tourists – is important and timely.  There used to be over 300,000 wild elephants in Thailand. Now there are (estimated) about 3,000.  And domesticated elephants have almost no protections; they are considered beasts of burden, like cattle, and can be treated however their owners see fit.  It’s heartbreaking to see the results of this mistreatment. Elephants are incredibly intelligent and emotionally aware.

Several years ago I discovered I had a number of elephant figurines that I had gathered, without really planning to start a collection.  There’s something about elephants that has always drawn me to them.  They are my power animal.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Thursday, July 26, 2012 10:13 am

    I love elephants, for all those reasons, Kristen. I’ve read so many stories of the emotional lives of elephants. Great photo. ~S 🙂

  2. Saturday, July 28, 2012 1:13 am

    So warm elephan’s family

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