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jaimeet’s Travel Diary

Thursday, 05 Jan 2006

Location: Chiang Mai, Thailand

MapToday we went to The Elephant Sanctuary. This is place is just amazing! The woman who runs it is named Lek and she saved the majority of these big beautiful beasts from extremely harsh treatment such as abuse from their original owners, landmines, begging in the streets of bangkok, starving to death etc. If anyone is going to Thailand i urge you to definitely go to this elephant sanctuary where the animals are cared for and treated how they should be. The other elephant treks you can go on are only interested in the money they can make and not the elephants welfare.
I learnt so much here, we got to feed them and wash them which is the most amazing experience i think i've ever had. The baby elephants are so adorable. Only an hour before we arrived a new baby elephant had just arrived, only 7 days old! She had to stay with her mother the whole time but it was just so incredible to see. They are just such intelligent creatures and now i have a new answer for when my grade 7s ask me what my favourite animal is! :)