I went with Elephant Nature Park to hang out with the Karen tribe's elephants.
Many of the elephants in this area were once used for work in loggings, riding, etc. But they are all free from any forced work and free to roam around 24hrs a day.
Unfortunately there are many elephants around Thailand that are forced to work for illegal logging, riding for tourists, street begging, etc. Most elephants are abused, tied and chained up bloody and bruised, and severely dehydrated from the hard work they are forced to do all day.
Many tours are now opening up as fake "elephant sanctuaries" but still abuse elephants behind the scenes. Just a few minutes drive from the Karen tribe sanctuary, we also witnessed many elephants with carriers on their back with their foot chained to a log.
Please, if you are planning to visit elephants, do your research beforehand.
день 74: Каньон Антилопы больше всех запал мне в душу Волшебный, завораживающий, магический. Трудно представить, что все это сделала сама природа. Только ради такого стоило приехать в штат Аризона. Слов нет. Дух захвачен. До дома ровно 30 дней. У меня все. #30дней#startravelwat#workandtravel#ciee#arizona