Our previously top secret development opened in November 2019. Dubbed ‘Safari’ our second location here in Chiang Rai is 11.5 time bigger than our first and covers an impressive 460 acres of forest, grassland and lakes. Our dedicated team of local farmers have been working hard to rebuild and replant an entire ecosystem for elephants to live in.
This much bigger location will give us the space to endeavour to get elephants used to living without chains, mahouts and in social groups again.
Progressing elephants from an intensive level of handling to one by which they can live by themselves is critical to getting elephants to live in the wild again. Elephants that are successful in achieving this important rehabilitative step will be merged into small herds and released into a protected environment.
Elephants who cannot will transferred to similar elephant sanctuaries, who we are currently in discussion with, freeing up space for other elephants to transition through this phase.