Pattaya Elephant village is an elephant rescue and rehabilitation center in Pattaya,Thailand The ElephantVillage was opened in Pattaya in 1973 as a sanctuary for former working elephants. These elephants,through reasons of injury or ill health, can no longer be used as a part of the backbone of heavy work in the jungles of Thailand. Also because of their diminishing habitat, it is now longer possible to return them to the wild. The Elephant Village provides then magnificent creatures with a safe haven, where they may live out their lives with dignity and freedom from fear. A visit to the Elephant Village is not only unique experience, but it is also a lifesaver because the fees paid by our visitors contribute to, the very survival of the elephants, both now and in the future. We have been involved in dozens of rescues many elephant from Bangkok’s streets.
The Elephant Village is a private company, which is run on a non-profit making basis and after running expenses have been deducted, all of the proceeds go to feed, pay the medical bills and generally take care of the elephants. It receives neither government support nor sponsorship from any large company or international organization. Elephants are herbivores, which means they feed on plants. They eat roots, leaves, grasses, tree branches, and tree bark. They also love to eat fruit such as berries, mangoes and coconuts. By using their trunks they tear off even the strongest tree branches. They spend 15 – 16 hours a day on eating and consume 140 – 270 kg These animals drink water by using their long trunks to suck up about 14 litres of water at a time, then pouring into their mouths. They drink up to 200 litres of water a day, but can go up to four days without water and will use their tusks to dig wells if necessary, an elephant can smell water from 5 km away.
WATCH THEM IN THEIR NATURAL HABITAT
You will completely interact with them. you will learn a lot about them., you will be falling in love with them.
WE RESCUE THEM FROM LOGGINGS AND STREET BEGGING
but we can not send them back to the jungle because they will get separated from the wild elephant and get kill.
BETTER QUALITY OF LIFE FOR THE ELEPHANTS
We feed a lot of food to them and they eat a lot. Elephant need to exercise same as human.
WE DON’T USE HEAVY CHAINS
But we have to put the small chains around their feet for their own safety and also the safety of our guests. The elephants can easily get out of the village and walk into the street and cause accidents.
WE DON’T ABUSE ELEPHANTS FOR TRICKS
Elephant Village work under the Kingdom of Thailand Animal Rights law and we have a certificate to prove that we can run the organization. Don’t get us wrong you will see the Elephant handler with a hook in his hand softly tapping the elephant against his head to move back or even change direction. We use the hook to lead the way. In the wild the animals have no one to show them the way except nature. Elephants walk the same route every time. If they do change direction and there is no pathway they already made the branches will scratch them and they will change direction, the hook we use is the same concept. NOT TO HARM THEM