‘Chang’ meaning Elephant is Thailand’s National Symbol.
Domesticated to be used in warfare, farming, logging and now most commonly tourism. The Asian Elephant has been revered in Thailand for many centuries and celebrated for its incredible strength, durability, and longevity.
Approximately 100,000 Elephants were living in the wilds of Thailand roughly 100 years ago.
Now, there are between 3 to 5,000 living in the wild and over 4,000 registered captive elephants in Thailand that suffer everyday in the tourism/entertainment industry being exploited and abused.
Captive Elephants in Thailand are classified under the same legislation as cattle, an outdated legislation which afford these working elephants – no protection, unlike their wild herds.
If you want to see elephants while in Thailand in an Ethical and Responsible manner then Join our Volunteer Program or Visit Us on a short stay, experience living the Thai way in our unique traditional Thai style rooms (a mattress and mosquito net on the floor) and be rewarded by the sight of these beautiful creatures living a more natural life. Learn about elephants from a different perspective and help us bring an end to the abuse and exploitation of these majestic creatures.
BEES works to raise awareness and to join many others in the hope to bring an end to the suffering and exploitation of these majestic beings.