Importance of Natural Resources

ELEPHANT NATURE PARK | Rescue and Rehabilitation Center in Chiang Mai Province, Thailand

Today we’re taking a fun little day trip outside
of Chiang Mai. We are visiting the Elephant Nature Park, which is about sixty kilometers
outside of the city. This is an elephant rescue and rehabilitation center, so we’re going
to be showing you around. This center is also a refuge for a number
of injured and abandoned animals such as dogs, cats, water buffalo and others. We have a bucket full of fresh fruit and on
today’s menu for the elephants are bananas and watermelons. Hi Baby! There you go. No bananas. Nope! That was my first time touching an elephant
and there skin is surprisingly course and hairy. Right now the rescue center is home to thirty
seven elephants. Thirty two of them are female and five of them are male. These are Asian
elephants, which vary from the African elephant. The African elephant is actually a lot larger
than the Asian elephant and they also have much bigger ears. Most of the elephants on the site have been
rescued from logging, tourism and begging industries. This is the happiest time of day! The elephants
are now being bathed. Overall, the experience at the Elephant Nature
Park has been phenomenal. We’ve really enjoyed having an opportunity to feed, bathe and interact
with all of the elephants. It is a great alternative to doing the trekking where you are just sitting
on top of the elephant and they are working. This way you get to spend time with the elephant
in its natural environment feeding it and just having a great time.

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