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Differences Between Asian and African Elephants
Thailand’s War Elephants
Recent History of Elephants in Thailand
The Problem of Deforestation in Thailand
The Dawn of Elephant Tourism
How Elephant Riding Came About
Elephant Poaching in Thailand and Worldwide
Despite education vastly improving the situation for wild elephants in Thailand, and while the wild elephant population in Khao Sok national park is not currently threatened by poaching, we continue to be vigilant in our efforts to safeguard wild elephants locally and across Thailand as part of our Elephant Conservation Project. This project aims to support the elephant population throughout the country – something that we’re very passionate about.
Throughout the country there are issues of conflict between elephant and human populations. An example of this is in Khao Ang Rue Nai Wildlife Sanctuary, where the numbers of wild elephants are steadily increasing, reducing space and resources in the rainforest and driving large herds of elephants into rice fields, creating friction with locals.
Our Elephant Conservation Project enables us to provide resources and support to those on the ground who are looking to ease tension and find ways to sustain both human and elephant populations.
Read more about the issues faced in Ang Rue Nai here.
Elephant in Thai Tourism Today
The Role of Elephant Hills in Khao Sok
Both foreigners and Thai people enjoy trips to Thailand and visiting elephants in theri natural habitat at our elephant camp. Whilst different from other elephant sanctuaries we focus on wildlife conservation and there is no riding elephants here. With Thailand travel tipped to gain popularity over the next few years, elephants in Thai culture are very important now more than ever, and Thailands national elephants and baby elephants are living happily in our elephant camp.
Elephants natural status as the national symbol of Thailand means that there are more and more elephant nature park being developed near Phuket, in Phang Nga and Chiang Mai allowing community development and better food sources, you can read more in Thailand travel guides.
You can learn more about elephants in Thailand and find out about the range of the vacation packages we offer on our unique elephant nature park experience page.
We hope you found our Elephant in Thai information useful and we hope to see you in Khao Sok National Park soon!
Are elephants good luck in Thailand?
Yes. The culture in Thailand celebrates the Thai elephant as a symbol of good fortune.
What is Thailand's national animal?
The national animal of Thailand is the Thai elephant or Chang Thai (ช้างไทย). Elephants and their predecessors are thought to have been in Thailand since approximately 16 million years ago.
Why are Thai elephants important?
Elephants have such a long tradition of being associated with the royal family, that in the Wild Elephant Protection Act of 1921, King Vajiravudh (Rama VI) ruled that all wild elephants were to be considered the property of the Thai government.