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Asia, kanchanaburi, thailand

Meet KamKaew

KamKaew is the second youngest elephant (10 years old) and she’s one of my favorites at the sanctuary. One if her legs is shorter than the others, and it’s the cutest thing ever to watch her wobble around the camp. The birth defect doesn’t bother her though and she can…

Asia, kanchanaburi, thailand

Erawan Falls

On Wednesday, 2 of the volunteers and I were given a day off (after many hours of begging), so we decided to check out the famous Erawan Falls. Only 2 hours away by bus. Erawan is a national park with its main attraction being a 7 tiered waterfall that hundreds of…

Asia, eco travel, kanchanaburi, thailand

Sticky Rice for Old Elephants

Elephants lose and regrow their teeth six times throughout their life. At around 65 years old their last set falls out, in turn, causing them to lose ability to chew hard food. In the wild, the natural way for many elephants to die is through starvation. Many of the elephants…

Asia, eco travel, kanchanaburi, thailand

Meet Johnny

Johnny is the youngest elephant at Elephants World (6 years old) and he is crazy. The only person who can get near Johnny is his mahout, Pizza. Johnny is not an aggressive elephant but he is extremely playful. If you are nearby, he will try to push or pull you,…

Asia, kanchanaburi, thailand

Loi Krathong

During the full moon of the 12th month on the Thai lunar calendar, Thailand celebrates Loi Krathong. The local people make boats and send them down the river releasing any negativity and making a wish for the new year. Yesterday we had the special opportunity to participate in the celebrations…

Asia, eco travel, kanchanaburi, thailand

Meet Aum Pan

Aum Pan is 77 years old but has had a much easier life than the other elephants at Elephants World. Compared to Songkran, who is similar in age, Aum Pan looks 10 years younger. Her earlier years were spent bringing families to the temples for special ceremonies, and she was…

Asia, eco travel, kanchanaburi, thailand

The Food Shop

Elephants eat 10% of their body weight each day, which means they spend most of their time eating. Twice a day, we weigh out fruits and vegetables and divide them among 10 baskets, one for each elephant. We usually aim for 16-18 kilos (35-40pounds) per basket. The elephants are all…

Asia, eco travel, kanchanaburi, thailand

Meet Kamoon

Kamoon is one of the three original elephants at Elephant’s World. She’s easy to tell apart from the others because she is the fattest lady at the sanctuary. Kamoon is 64 years old and she spent her childhood begging for food in Bangkok and Phuket. When she was a teenager…

Asia, eco travel, kanchanaburi, thailand

Swimming with Elephants

On my second day at Elephant’s World I had the special opportunity to swim with several of the elephants in the river- no tourists, just the mahouts (elephant caretakers). Standing face to face with these giant, gentle creatures in the water was one of the most beautiful moments of my…

Asia, eco travel, kanchanaburi, thailand

Meet Malee

Malee is only 44 years old but like most of the elephants at Elephant’s World, she has had a hard life so she appears much older. She worked in the streets of Bangkok begging and having her photo taken by tourists. Many times, with street elephants, the only food they…