Krabi Elephant Trekking

April 20, 2012 by  
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MEMORABLE AFFECTIONS

Krabi Elephant Trekking
Elephant is seen as a symbol of the nation and a talisman for the Thai people. With their wrinkly gray skin and swaying trunk, they are a fascinating combination of brute force, gentleness and remarkable agility that inspires both respect and affection. Elephant calves begin their training when they are about four years old. They quickly learn and obey the words of command. They get to know their driver (mahout), and get used to being mounted and dismounted.

Krabi Elephant Trekking
With elephants fast disappearing from the wild in Thailand, the best place to see these fascinating animals up close is in a trekking camp. There are only a few camps in Krabi, such establishments must follow strict guidelines as set by the National Livestock Department regarding the provision of adequate food, water and shade for their animals, as well as proper health care. A trek will allow you to experience this first-hand, as well as the animals’ natural forest environment. Carrying tourists for fun means the elephants are able to earn their keep, while living as freely as is possible : as there is not enough space to release them into the wild, and they are very costly to feed (eating up to 300 kg of food per day) if not the only alternatives for these gentle giants are begging, illegal logging, or inactivity in a zoo.

Krabi Elephant Trekking

Been here and what blogger discovered & experienced :-

” The finale of the day was elephant trekking which was very enlightening. The elephants are trained starting at the age of 8. It is a very controversial practice as there is much concern as to how the elephants are treated. Our elephants appeared to be treated well by their trainers and were never hit but rather expected to respond to commands. However they did have the elephants chained by the ankle to a tree in between rides (we didn’t actually witness that but you could see the tree and the chains). At night they presumably take the elephants into the hills and allow them more freedom although they are still captive but have a wider area in which to roam. The ride was slow and clunky ( I don’t know how else to describe it). Kristin and I had a novice and he was slightly misbehaved!! He veered off the path to eat and headed towards the water – we thought at that point that the three of us were going for a swim!! Fortunately he only bent down to take a drink and didn’t spray us!! He definitely made our adventure interesting! We had mixed feelings after riding the elephants as it was an experience to ride such a large animal but it left you a little disheartened that their captivity became their existence. ”

 

MEMORABLE MOMENTS IN KRABI

Elephant Trekking near Krabi, Thailand

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Krabi Elephant Trekking

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Feeding Elephant in Thailand

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