That’s Lek! she makes an appearance later part of the day to talk to us. we were lucky she was around during our visit. Read her story here on how she became a mother to elephants.
This is Hope. he was in a very sorry state when the rescue workers were called to get him, but now he’s a happy playful elephant at the reserve. The stories of all the elephants Lek has rescued over the years are found here.
Lek invited us to sit on the field and Hope ran up and down, allowing us to touch him.
Other residents of the camp.
here’s the food chain at the elephant reserve.
There was a story of another female elephant, whose name I forgot. She was found working at a hotel and taught to greet guests upon check-in and do all sorts of small things to entertain them. Hence, she was more used to humans than elephants so it took her awhile to befriend any elephant at the park, preferring a solitary life at the start.
one of the baby elephants love being rubbed down by his mahout.
at the end of the day, the elephants were brought back to their pens to be fed leaves and corn. considering they had a whole bunch of fruit in the morning, they sure as hell eat a lot!
This is a video of Lek rescuing one of the elephants.
I hope some of you reading this will be moved as I was, especially after spending a day with these elephants. If you’re so inclined, do visit the elephants at a conservation or rescue park and have a hand at taking care of these giants. if not, you can help out in small ways by sponsoring a lunch US$10 (that’s the cost of one bowl of tampopo ramen) or a medical kit US$25 (the price of a pair of shoes from Charles & Keith). else, it’s ONLY US$75 a year to sponsor an elephant. it costs a lot to take care of these poor elephants, and as you can tell from the video, it costs a lot more to buy an elephant from an owner so that they can bring it to the nature park.
There are only 30,000 elephants left in this world.