Save Elephant Foundation

Save Elephant Foundation is a Thai non–profit organization dedicated to providing care and assistance to Thailand’s captive elephant population through a multifaceted approach involving local community outreach, rescue and rehabilitation programs, and educational ecotourism operations.

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Elephant Nature Park - Short Park Visit

A special shorter version of our popular single day visit tailored to those who arrive later and have less time to spend at our park. Enjoy a visit to Elephant Nature Park; a natural home and sanctuary for elephants, buffalo, dogs, cats, birds and many other rescued animals. 


Elephant Nature Park - Single Day Visit

Enjoy a full day visit to Elephant Nature Park; a natural home and sanctuary for elephants, buffalos, dogs, cats, birds and many other rescued animals. Relish river bathing with elephants, feeding time, healthy lunch, transport and more. 


Karen Elephant Experience - Single Day Visit

Karen Elephant Experience allows you to see Elephants roaming free in their natural habitat, living as their natural family group after their release from trekking work. This is another important project enabled by Save Elephant Foundation, changing the way people think about Elephants. With no riding, the elephants are able to roam freely whilst they forage for their food. 


Hope For Elephants - Single Day Visit

A specialist single day small group visit. Continuing our goal of helping educate elephant tourist camp owners into an understanding of how to treat the animals under their care with love and dignity.


Sunshine for Elephants - Single Day Visit

Meet elephants that have been recently rescued from their daily toil of entertaining visitors. With no riding, you will feed the elephants in the early morning light and then walk with these newly rescued elephants through the dense mountain forests witnessing their natural behaviours and sense of freedom, after their recent release from the tourism trade.


Care for Elephants - Single Day Visit

Some elephants find it very hard to mix with other elephants and in order to help them, we want to love them with intense freedom and affection. With no riding the elephants settle into our care, they build trust and love and this is achieved by humans showing them love, respect and care in a different way to their past lives in riding camps by mahouts, who have known no better than to treat them harshly and with force. Watch Video


Pamper a Pachyderm - Single Day Visit

An elephant camp neighboring our park has decided to try out our concept of care. Several lucky female elephants have dumped their trekking seats and their mahouts hooks have been cast aside. Only small groups enjoy the honour of observing their freedom and happiness; with no riding they can now walk, scratch, swim, eat, dust and bathe all at their own pace...


Overnight Elephant Nature Park (2 Days + 1 Night)

Sleepovers in the midst of a thriving elephant herd offers visitors the chance to enjoy the simple rustic nature of Northern Thailand in the unique company of our rescued herd. We pick up from your hotel for a scenic drive north to Elephant Nature Park where you will meet our magnificent elephant herd. With no riding, you will soon get to know them and make new friends by offering them delicious nourishing foods fresh from the market. Watch Video


Volunteer at Journey to Freedom (7 Days)

Our premier volunteering experience. Our Journey to Freedom Volunteer project is a unique project that features elephant care, learning about agriculture and community, developing local school children learning experiences and living in a cultural exchange at a tribal village in the mountains of Chiang Mai.


Volunteer at Elephant Nature Park (7 Days)

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. Watch Video


Volunteer Vet at Elephant Nature Park (7 Days)

This program is only for Qualified Veterinarians and Veterinarian Nurses/Techs. Veterinary students are also welcome and completed hours can be used as part of your coursework/placement. University assessment paperwork can be completed by our park veterinarian as part of your field-work.


Dog Project Weekly Volunteer (7 Days)

Volunteering with Elephant Nature Park Dog Rescue Project provides an opportunity to truly make a difference in the lives of so many animals. Watch Video Our daily schedule includes:


Elephant Haven - Single Day Visit

It is time now to take the chain and saddle off of the elephants. It's now time to provide an elephant haven for them with no riding. Walk together to the green fields, roam free, play in the mud, eat well and swim in the deep river.

It is time to retire them from their labors, young or old, and say goodbye to being ridden. It is time for people to come to treat them with respect.


Elephant Haven Overnight (2 Days + 1 Night)

Day 1 It is time now to take the chain and saddle off of the elephants. It's now time to provide an elephant haven for them with no riding. Walk together to the green fields, roam free, play in the mud, eat well and swim in the deep river. Day 2 includes a visit to Krasae Cave and the Death Railway. Accommodation included is a comfortable room at a local resort.


Surin Project Weekly Volunteer (7 Days)

The Surin Project is a unique and innovative concept aimed at improving the living conditions of captive Asian elephants by removing elephant rides and providing economic sustainability for their owners through responsible volunteer tourism. We work alongside the Gwi community in the government run Surin Elephant Study Centre located in the village of Ban Tha Klang in the Surin Province in North East Thailand. Watch Video


Elephant Sanctuary Cambodia Weekly Volunteer (7 Days)

We are working within the Cambodia Wildlife Sanctuary to protect and conserve 1 million acres of jungle habitat, approximately one hour north of Angkor Wat. The project spans 25,000 acres and aims to protect the land and all of the native species, flora and fauna, that call it home, including tigers, monkeys, buffalos, and of course, the Asian elephant. Please note - no riding of elephants. Watch Video

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