Responsible TourismWorld Animal Protection has partnered with this Thai elephant refuge to provide ethical animal encounters

A day in the forest with gentle giants

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Elephant refuge Following Giants in Koh Lanta offers visitors a chance to see these gentle giants in their natural environmental.
Elephant refuge Following Giants in Koh Lanta offers visitors a chance to see these gentle giants in their natural environmental. Photo Credit: Getty Images

KOH LANTA, THAILAND – Animal welfare organisation World Animal Protection has partnered Following Giants to create a refuge for elephants where visitors can have ethical animal encounters.

The refuge, which sits on 15 acres of forested land bordering Mu Koh Lanta National Park, means that visitors get to see elephants in their natural environment without disturbing them.

Visitors are invited to take part in various activities such as assisting to replenish their jungle food source, learning about their habits and lives, and taking in a bird’s eye view from a tree-house viewing platform.

One of the hands-on activities for visitors includes making ‘seed bombs’, which is food for hungry elephants, and distributing them throughout the jungle.

The refuge’s three resident elephants, Sow, Jahn and Chok, have been rescued from their previous lives spent in harsh conditions in logging camps or as rides for tourists.

World Animal Protection aims to provide a happier and beneficial life for animals and has partnered with local communities to show how they can change their business practices while also providing a profitable service for tourists.

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