Elephant Nature Foundation

At the Surin Project, we are working with the local government to establish a world class elephant sanctuary, providing an alternative for street begging elephants.

There are over 300 elephants registered in the Surin province and the vast majority of them are trapped in the unfortunate trade of street begging. This is a terrible life for elephants who require thousands of pounds of fresh vegetables and clean water daily. Street begging reduces an elephant’s life expectancy by at least 50%. Despite differences in opinion on other matters, all elephant conservation organizations agree that street begging is wrong.

The Surin government has approached Elephant Nature Foundation to help develop elephant-based tourism in Surin. With their support, our goal is to establish sustainably managed elephant tourism as an alternative to both street begging and to other forms of tourism, such as circuses and elephant rides. Families of elephants will roam freely in natural habitat and their mahouts will be provided with a steady income. This income will supplement some of the money that the mahouts previously made street begging with their elephant, thereby encouraging them to stay at the park.
Elephant Nature Foundation is recruiting volunteers to participate in this important project. Volunteers are needed to help reforest elephant habitat that has been destroyed by decades of logging.

We will also focus on community development, aiming to show that by participating in the Surin project, mahouts are helping their community and their elephants. And of course our volunteers will have lots of time to feed and bathe the elephants while watching them enjoy their newfound freedom.

Duration / Dates

Week long Volunteer trips every two weeks:

May: 17th and 31st
June: 14th and 28th
July 12th and 26th
August: 9th and 23rd
September: 6th and 20th
October: 4th and 18th

For more dates please contact us at: surin@elephantnaturefoundation.org

Costs / Pay

12,000THB per week
(includes all transport from Chiang Mai or Bangkok, food and accommodation and return trip to Chiang Mai or Bangkok)

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