Elephant Tourism – To Ride or Not to Ride, That is the Question

Standing in front of the herd at the Elephant Conservation Center in Lampang, Thailand

Not long ago, if anyone had asked me if I believe it is acceptable to ride elephants, my answer would have been a resounding “NO!” My point of view was challenged this past November, when the Tourist Authority of Thailand (TAT) invited me on a press trip to learn more about the care of elephants … Read more

Scratching My Seven Year Itch at Elephant Nature Park

Elephants use their trunks to cover themselves with dirt from these trenches, which helps to keep them cool

Half a dozen elephants wandered around the compound as I dug into my delicious vegetarian lunch at Elephant Nature Park in northern Thailand. Earlier that day I’d fed and walked among many of the 37 elephants that the park had rescued from circuses, logging operations, and street begging, but at the moment I was watching … Read more