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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…

Asia, eco travel, kanchanaburi, thailand

Meet Songkran

Songkran is the second oldest elephant at Elephant’s World (74 years old) and she’s had a very hard life. She worked at trekking camps for 70 years, giving tourists rides. When she became too weak to work, her owner decided to donate her to Elephant’s World. When she arrived she…

Asia, eco travel, kanchanaburi, thailand

Welcome to Elephant’s World!

About 40 minutes from the town of Kanchanaburi, lies a beautiful camp dedicated to the well being of old and previously abused elephants. The elephants is the symbol of Thailand and the top thing to do on most tourist’s itinerary is to ride one. Unfortunately, the backs of elephants are…

eco travel, La Isla De Los Monos, peru, South America

Hasta Luegos

When I boarded my plane home at the beginning of the year, I left Peru feeling very conflicted. Transitioning back to reality was tough and I thought about the island all day, wanting absolutely nothing more but to return to my monkey family. This time around, I’m in a much…

eco travel, La Isla De Los Monos, peru, South America

Wooing Neeko

After witnessing Neeko’s strange attachment to the dirty old shirt hanging in the kitchen, our biggest goal this trip has been to work with Neeko and get him playing and acting like a normal monkey of his age. Since it was literally impossible to pry him away from his post…