KWAN JAI ELEPHANT PROJECT
" The greatest threat to the planet is the belief someone else will save it" Robert Swan
Tourists flock to Asia in their masses with their lists of must-do experiences. Riding on the back of an elephant and getting the prerequisite selfies with them invariably top those lists. However, the elephants they seek are trapped in an industry that does not respect their wild character, and the scramble for the dollars they bring forces ever increasing numbers into saddles and overwork. Even with overwhelming evidence to support claims by animal welfare experts that this form of tourism is harmful to these extremely intelligent, intensely emotional sentient beings, the largely unregulated industry is booming.
For those who choose to observe elephants in the wild, it is impossible not to consider the elephants living an unnatural existence. But - wild elephants also have their problems as they face increasing encroachment and fragmentation of their habitat. With a natural migratory behaviour and a reduction in availability of good food and water sources, human-elephant conflict is increasing, with dire consequences for both species.
We are not prepared to wait and hope that others will fix the problems elephants face.
Let us introduce you to the Kwan Jai Elephant Project.