Excellent news for all elephant friends: Elephant Hills receives 100% rating for its animal welfare.
Everybody who knows Elephant Hills is aware that we put the highest emphasis on our animal welfare standards. Our unique Elephant Nature Park Experience allows guests since 2010 to interact with majestic Asian elephants in an ethical way, without riding or the elephants performing tricks.
Since 2014, the Tourism Authority of Thailand has continuously judged Elephant Hills the most animal-friendly elephant nature park in Thailand with its Thailand Green Excellence Awards for Animal Welfare.
In 2016, National Geographic declared us the only finalist in entire Asia in their World Legacy Awards for Sustainable Tourism, taking into account not only our animal welfare standards but also our interaction and influence on the Khao Sok’s national park around us.
In early 2017 we finally managed to get rid of the very last chain at our elephant nature park, making Elephant Hills one of the only chain-free elephant parks on this planet.
Today, we are delighted to report that Global Spirit, animals in tourism specialists, came to inspect Elephant Hills as well. Over the course of three full days, they checked everything at our elephant sanctuary related to the elephants under our care in detail, including our elephant husbandry techniques, record-keeping, veterinary care, and fodder supply.
After three very intense days and two weeks of post-audit work, Global Spirit announced we had achieved a stunning 100% of minimum requirements – the highest possible result.
“It isn’t easy to achieve 100% of minimum requirements, especially within the two week audit period. They are not only the first elephant camp to achieve this rating but the first worldwide animal attraction to reach 100% within the two week audit period. Global Spirit has been impressed with Elephant Hills engagement in the whole process and their ongoing commitment to continue making positive improvements.”
Of course, this excellent outcome fills us with pride. Nonetheless, we won’t stop here, but further strive to lead the way in animal friendly tourism. We have hence established a cooperation with Global Spirit for the years to come to develop our animal welfare standards even further at Elephant Hills nature park.
Should you or your company be interested in helping us improving the lives of both domestic and wild elephants all over Thailand, please consider participating in our Elephant Conservation Project. We are currently actively looking for new cooperation partners.
If you’d like to see our happy elephants yourself, book one of our nature safaris. The unique Elephant Experience is part of all our tour itineraries.
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