The founder of Patara Elephant Farm shares his perspective on the responsibilities of elephant healthcare and population management and the role of educational and ethical tourism in modern elephant conservation.
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We got our very own elephant for the day at the Patara Elephant Farm in Chiang Mai Thailand! After doing some research and visiting it first hand Patara is the BEST elephant sanctuary in Chiang Mai Thailand. We got our very own elephant for the day and became their keeper. We bonded with an elephant with food and a soft touch / petting. After we bonded with the elephant we brushed them down to take off some of the dirt we headed down to the stream for a light bath. After the elephants got a bath we learned how to get on and ride the elephants. We rode the elephants through the forrest for about 30 minutes which brought us to a larger body of water. There we gave them a proper bath and had lunch. It was an amazing experience and we learn so much about the well being of elephants and how they are treated. These elephants get pampered all day everyday.
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By: Chris Miciano
Our visit to the Patara Elephant Farm in Chiang Mai, Thailand was one of the best experiences of my life. This place is much more than just a photo op, and everything they do is for the well being of the animals here - no baskets on the elephants backs, no cages, no bull hooks, no performances. Our day was spent caring for the elephants, feeding them, cleaning them, doing health checks and bathing them. My elephant was named TapTon, and she was so sweet. The baby elephants were so funny, quite mischievous and very playful. Patara also had done a lot to help increase the numbers in the failing elephant population here, and we had the chance to meet an adorable 18 day old baby elephant at the end of our day there. Once in a lifetime experience.
By: Mistie Knight
We got our very own elephant for the day at the Patara Elephant Farm in Chiang Mai Thailand! Follow us as we visit Chiang Mai and then head of to the Philippines. Consider subscribing so you don't miss anything. We still have a lot to do in Thailand.
By: Chris Miciano
There are many Elephant farms throughout Thailand you can visit, but this one is by far the best! Unlike most other farms, this one treats their elephants with great respect. Their stock have been rescued from either the wild (injured) or taken in from private owners who no longer have a use. The injured ones are treated and released back into the jungles while the ex-privately owned ones are cared for the rest of their lives, if they can't be released.
As a vistor, your really a volunteer elephant owner for a day. Their program has been developed for everyone to learn and interact with elephants as what an owner would do daily.
Its an amazing unforgetable experience and one you should not miss!
To read more about my experience here (as well as the details of Patara Elephant Farm) go here: http://www.iamaileen.com/2013/11/pata...
This was the highlight of our trip when we went to Chiang Mai! Definitely a must-try for everyone! It's unlike any other elephant places/farms that you will see across Thailand.
FUN FACT: Noi/Nui was originally from the circus, saved by the Patara farm, and now being taken care of by an old Thai mahout tribe (which were our guides; so for this day, instead of them doing their daily feeding/health/bathing routine for the elephants, we rather did it for them!)
FACT: The worst thing that you can ever do is to ride elephants back's on a box or chair, much like what you usually see in Thailand or Africa pictures, and that's wrong because that can hurt their back, irritate their skin, and cause sores. The safest and approved way to ride them is to sit around their neck.
The long awaited Episode 3 brings you along with us as we become elephant owners for the day at Patara Elephant Farm in Chiang Mai, Thailand. This was one of the most memorable parts of our entire trip around the world.
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