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BEES Elephant Sanctuary

Welcome to BEES Elephant Sanctuary.  After two such difficult years in 2020, our love and thoughts are with everybody and we hope you are safe, in good health and able to visit us soon! We are located in a stunning area of rural Thailand, South-West Chiang Mai in the district of Maechaem. We believe you have found us as you are a responsible traveler looking for an ethical experience with elephants in Thailand. BEES – Burm and Emily’s Elephant Sanctuary is at the forefront for elephant welfare in a constantly changing and evolving world. We feel it is our responsibility to lead by example and encourage the highest welfare standards possible.

Check out our Visitor Program and read all about our work here at BEES.

Let Elephants Just BE Elephants

Team work makes the dream work

Team work makes the dream work

Team work makes the dream work! It goes without saying that it takes a team to keep the wheels in motion at a facility like BEES, as well as a community of people from near and far to help us grow and continue. Whether that be directly hands on, on...

end of year blog 2020

Christmas 2020

Goodbye 2020, Here’s to 2021 being a better year for all!   Dear BEES Friends, As 2020 comes to an end we wanted to take some time to reflect on this crazy year, a year that we were forced to switch to survival mode and tested many of us in...


8 Years of Elephants at BEES

8 Years of Elephants at BEES On the 29th May 2012 our lives changed forever. We had spent many months meeting and endless hours speaking with elephant owners trying to encourage them to join our new more ethical approach to Elephant Tourism and allow us to retire their elephants under...

Adoptions now available

Adoptions now available

Adoptions now available for any of our retired elephants.  You might adopt for yourself, a family member or friend and show you care in a most meaningful way. By adopting one of our elephants you are helping ensure the best food, care and veterinary services are available. Above all that,...

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